A new service for people with autism has been opened at Botanic Avenue in Glasnevin, Dublin.
Botanic Horizons is run by Autism Spectrum Disorder Initiatives (ASDI). It says it offers person-centred services that tailor activities to the interests and support needs of service users.
Seven staff are employed at Botanic Horizons, which will provide day services and community outreach support for adults.
Speaking about the newly renovated building which houses the new service, Minister Finian McGrath said, “The premises here have been totally remodelled to meet the needs of the service users. There is a sensory room, a quiet room, a music room, a computer room and activity room which will allow users to have individual programmes designed around their interests and goals in areas such as art, cookery, citizenship and different cultures.
“I am pleased to note that service users can also engage in volunteer work. Volunteers are one of the most valuable resources a community can have. The generosity of spirit of people who work together willingly for the betterment of their community and themselves is priceless.”