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Light it up blue at gala ball

Monday, 5th March, 2018 9:46am

by Fenagh Mahoney

2018 is year of special significance for the Cork Association for Autism (CAA) as it celebrates its 40th anniversary in style.

The beginning of the CAA was back in the late '70s when a group of families in the Cork region were left frustrated at the lack of information, and fundamental support services available to those in the Autism Spectrum Disorder.

These pioneering families came together in determination to secure their children’s futures and they founded the Cork Association for Autism in 1978.

Today the CAA provides professional autism support services from six centres across Cork city and county to over 300 adults who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Support services now include residential and respite care, day service facilities, home supports and an Asperger Syndrome support service.

Maureen Cronin, longserving member of the Association says: “We have come a long way in the past 40 years.

“However with more than 1 in 100 individuals now being diagnosed as on the autism spectrum we need the support of the public now more than ever before.”

Every year, the CAA hosts a gala ball in April to mark International Autism Awareness Month.

The theme of the Gala is ‘Light it up Blue’ as blue is the official colour for autism.

The black tie event will take place on Saturday 14 April at the Maryborough Hotel & Spa in Douglas and will celebrate the strides that have been taken towards a better understanding and awareness of autism over the years.

Tickets for a wonderful evening of festivities, fine food and wonderful entertainment are now on sale at just €80 per person, tables of ten are available.

If you would like to book tickets, sponsor the event or make a donation to the Cork Association for Autism you can contact Carol Walsh on or call her on 021-4533642.

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