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AsIAm Hosts ‘Autism and Play: Promises and Possibilities’ Talk at Mary I

SuperValu Steps Up Commitment to Supporting Families with Autism. Pictured helping SuperValu to launch their information and awareness campaign highlighting ways their staff and customers can help to become more inclusive and understanding of the autism community were Katelynn Ferris alongside Rhona Downes, Sarah Carroll and Saoirse O’Driscoll. Developed in partnership with AsIAm, SuperValu is informing their customers and staff of the need to USE PLAIN LANGUAGE, BE PATIENT and BE ACCEPTING. These three simple steps can make a massive difference to an autistic person’s in-store experience. Find out more at Picture: Marc O’Sullivan

AsIAm Hosts ‘Autism and Play: Promises and Possibilities’ Talk at Mary I

AsIAm, Ireland’s national autism advocacy charity is delighted to announce its community support talks are heading to Limerick.  The event will be held in Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, February 18th, (18:30-20:30). These community support events, proudly sponsored by SuperValu, have been driven by the autism community and are delivered by experts in the field of autism with each event focusing on a different topic.  

This talk will focus on the theme of “Autism & Play: Promises and Possibilities” and will be given by guest speakers Dr Emer Ring, Dean of Education at Mary Immaculate College and Dr Lisha O’Sullivan. Both speakers are specialists in the area of education and autism.



Commenting on this Adam Harris, CEO of AsIAm said “We are delighted to be bringing a programme of community support events around Ireland, thanks to the generous support of SuperValu. Our 24 community support events will provide much-needed information and guidance to autistic people and our families on issues as diverse as employment, sensory processing and making friends. 

Often our community can feel isolated and under-supported – these events will bring people together to share experiences, identify possible local supports and listen to subject matter experts”. 

 Commenting on SuperValu’s partnership with AsIAm for the Seminar Series, Des O’Mahony, Marketing Director at SuperValu said, “At SuperValu, our ambition is to build more inclusive communities across Ireland. Our work with AsIAm for Autism over the past year has opened our eyes to what we can do beyond each and every store to ensure we use our unique position in the heart of Irish towns to make positive changes across the entire community. These seminars will work to support deeper awareness and steps to making the autism community feel more included right across Ireland.”

SuperValu is committed to raising understanding and awareness of autism among its customers and staff. With over 50,000 families in Ireland living with autism, those affected face barriers to inclusion because of the attitudes of people who may not have first-hand experience of autism.

Each event is free to attend, those interested in attending are asked to register for free tickets at the following link: 

 This programme is supported by SuperValu Ireland.

For more details about this event and registration, click here

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.