Nov 13, 2023, IB4UD: Dublin to become world’s first autism-friendly capital city https://www.irelandbeforeyoudie.com/dublin-autism-friendly-capital-city/
n what will be a significant achievement, Dublin is en route to become the first autism-friendly capital city in the world.
A new initiative which will see Dublin become the first autism-friendly capital city in the world was announced recently by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Daithí de Róiste, on Monday, 6 November, to mark the official launch of Inclusion and Integration Week.
Dublin’s Lord Mayor revealed that he envisions a city that “actively nurtures the unique abilities and talents of its autistic residents and visitors”.
Adam Harris, CEO of AsIAm, Ireland’s Autism Charity, said, “We are over the moon that the Lord Mayor has set Dublin the challenge of becoming an Autism-Friendly capital city, through participation in our awards programme.
“Autistic people face barriers in society that others don’t even see. This initiative, through both small individual changes and a big collective vision, will help ensure that every Autistic person living in Dublin has the same chance to live, work and play”.
Harris spoke of how becoming an autism-friendly city makes day-to-day activities such as shopping or engaging with public services easier for those of us who are autistic. It also sends an important message that we should value everyone.
We cannot understate the positive impact and sense of belonging for everyone in Dublin.
The AsIAm Autism-Friendly Communities Awards Programme – helping to make the world more Autism friendly
The new initiative will see Dublin become the first autism-friendly capital city in the world. Dublin City Council revealed that they will achieve this through participation in the AsIAm Autism-Friendly Communities Awards Programme.
As part of the three-year plan for Dublin to become an autism-friendly city, important elements will focus on specifically, such as physical infrastructure, education, recreation, healthcare and community support.
This process will also be led by input from autistic people and their families to ensure it is as efficient as possible.
Inclusion and Integration Week – an important and symbolic week
Speaking about the importance of inclusion and integration, Lord Mayor Daithí de Róiste said, “In a world where diversity and inclusivity are celebrated, Dublin’s vision is to become the world’s first capital city to be designated Autism-Friendly.
“In a vibrant and dynamic city known for its rich history and cultural heritage, we envision a Dublin that not only recognises but actively nurtures the unique abilities and talents of its autistic residents and visitors.
“To truly champion inclusivity, we are planting a flag in the ground to embark on a journey to create a city where autistic individuals and their families feel welcomed, supported, and fully engaged in every aspect of city life”.