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(Ireland) Bray "one of 11 urban areas" seeking to become "autism friendly town"

Oct 12, 2019, Bray People: Bray on way to becoming 'Autism Friendly Town' https://www.independent.ie/regionals/braypeople/news/bray-on-way-to-becoming-autism-friendly-town-38575042.html Bray is now one of eleven urban areas in Ireland working towards becoming an autism friendly town. SuperValu, in partnership with AsIAm, Ireland's national autism charity and advocacy organisation, last year announced Clonakilty as Ireland's first Autism-Friendly Town. Since May of this year, Bray has been on the journey to join them. A survey conducted by AsIAm found that the autism community does not find society accessible, understanding or inclusive but that simple steps could be taken to help change this. …While the majority of those surveyed believe that the public does not understand enough about autism, 71 per cent believe awareness and understanding of autism has increased in Ireland in the last year…. SuperValu is playing its part by introducing a number of changes in its stores as well as reaching out into the community through the Autism Friendly Towns Campaign. Paul Dunne, Manager of SuperValu Bray said: 'SuperValu Bray is delighted to be on a journey to help make our community more autism-friendly. As well as autism-friendly shopping in our store, we're working with organisations and businesses throughout the community to make Bray inclusive and autism friendly. We have a fantastic Autism Friendly Committee here in Bray. I am confident that our journey to getting accreditation will be a successful one!' Greystones man and AsIAm CEO Adam Harris said that his organisation is proud to have developed a 'robust but achieveable framework' to enable communities to become autism friendly. …

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