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The National Autistic Society Autism Centre Immersive Space

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The NAS Autism Centre will be the first autism-specific adult day service in Northern Ireland. It will have specialist technology which creates interactive, engaging environments, including our exciting immersive space. This will help people with autism, who often experience profound sensory and communication issues, to relax and learn new skills.

Our goals:

  • To improve wellbeing of autistic people in Belfast and wider Northern Ireland by providing a safe, specially designed environment that helps with sensory sensitivities and enables learning, play, stimulation, social interaction and relaxation.
  • To provide an inclusive and calming environment for people with autism and their families, which caters for those with complex and wide-ranging needs. Both children and adults with autism can play and interact without judgement or worry.
  • To improve learning and development of people with autism in a flexible and exciting space. From exploring social stories and games through to immersive relaxation, the space helps to improve social engagement, communication, and coping with change.
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How we will achieve our goals

An award would enable us to provide a high-tech, participatory immersive space for both adults and children at our Autism Centre. Such technology is hugely beneficial to people with autism, as it allows them to interact, learn, and communicate in a safe and engaging environment. We require funding to purchase equipment and its installation.

Where the money will go

Northern Ireland has major gaps in service provision for autistic people and their families. The NAS Autism Centre will change this, providing an accessible, modern, welcoming space for people with autism to learn new skills and for families to receive the support they desperately need. This will benefit the autism community for years to come.

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  1. Posted on August 9, 2017

    Best of luck! 🙂

  2. Posted on August 9, 2017

    Good luck 🙂

  3. Posted on August 9, 2017

    Good luck & best wishes ?

  4. Posted on August 14, 2017

    Wishing you lots of luck ? Such an amazing charity!!

  5. Posted on August 15, 2017

    GOOD LUCK our children and young people desperately need people with correct qualifications to work with them and help them develop life learning skills.

  6. Posted on August 15, 2017

    Good luck & best wishes?

  7. Posted on August 15, 2017

    Best wishes and good luck with the project!

  8. Posted on August 15, 2017

    We have everything crossed ❤️❤️

  9. Posted on August 15, 2017

    Good Luck

  10. Posted on August 18, 2017

    I hope this project is successful NI needs more autism services.
    Best of luck!

  11. Posted on August 18, 2017

    Definitely in desperate need of more services, especially for teenagers & young adults. Good luck with project.

  12. Posted on August 19, 2017

    Good luck..the young all deserve the best that can be offered.

  13. Posted on August 22, 2017

    Good luck!

  14. Posted on August 22, 2017

    This is a great idea to help adults with autism get the support they need to be fully included in society. Great job!

  15. Posted on August 22, 2017

    I hope the award goes to this project as it is long overdue and can only benefit the Autistic family here in N.Ireland

  16. Posted on August 22, 2017

    Good luck!!

  17. Posted on August 22, 2017

    A great cause. Good luck!

  18. Posted on August 23, 2017

    Our daughter, now 21, has anxiety issues that would greatly benefit from this immersive environment treatment. Well done for planning this facility for NI, and wish you every success.

  19. Posted on August 25, 2017

    It is so wonderful to see exciting new projects and support in Northern Ireland. All the best!

  20. Posted on August 26, 2017

    Please encourage everyone you know to vote. This centre is REALLY NEEDED.
    In fact there needs to be one such centre in every city and big towns in Northern Ireland. Our young adults with autism deserve the best. The NAS has identified a need and is responding. It’s a shame that they have had to work so hard to raise the monies needed.

  21. Posted on August 26, 2017

    Really hope you get this

  22. Posted on August 28, 2017

    Good luck and fingers crossed. I worked with Nathan and Curtis in Torbank two lovely boys and amazing parents. There definitely is a need for a centre for teenagers and adults.

  23. Posted on August 28, 2017

    My children have benefited,so much from ni autism hugs to Caroline and Sheree shine bright lovely ladies x

  24. Posted on August 29, 2017

    A service that is definitely needed – best of luck1

  25. Posted on August 30, 2017

    Good luck

  26. Posted on August 31, 2017

    Good luck with this amazing project ❤️ ? ❤️

  27. Posted on September 4, 2017

    Best of luck !

  28. Posted on September 4, 2017

    Good Luck

  29. Posted on September 4, 2017

    All the best of luck ?

  30. Posted on September 4, 2017

    Wishing this project every success, keep up the amazing work!

  31. Posted on September 5, 2017

    Voted!

  32. Posted on September 5, 2017

    Good Luck.

  33. Posted on September 5, 2017

    Good luck everyone, this is so deserved!! Xx

  34. Posted on September 5, 2017

    ggod luck

  35. Posted on September 6, 2017

    Good luck. Well deserved

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