A project supporting families who have children with autism receives cash boost of almost £0.7m

Autism NI

Carrick and Newtownabbey, NI A project that supports families in Carrick and Newtownabbey who have children with autism are to receive funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

Autism NI is one of three projects that will receive a grant totaling over £2 million from the BLF’s Reaching Out: Supporting Families programme.

The group has been awarded £699,810 for the Reaching Autism Families Together project.

The project will support families who are waiting for a diagnosis as well as offering advice and support to families as well as organising shared social activities.

Dr Arlene Cassidy, chief executive of Autism NI, said the project will transform the lives of many families facing a diagnosis of autism. She added:

“We are delightedto receive the funding – it has come just at the right time for us as it will allow us tointroduce this important early intervention programme to families who need it most.

She further adds:

“The project will be a lifeline for families going through a period of extreme crisis.”

The original article in the Newtonabbey Times can be read here