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  • Foundation celebrates a decade of World Autism Awareness Day

    Foundation celebrates a decade of World Autism Awareness Day

    By: Newsroom Staff on 02 Apr, 2018 09:01

  • TODAY, Monday, April 2, celebrates the 10th annual World Autism Awareness Day. Marking the culmination of World Autism Awareness Week, Celtic FC Foundation proudly supports this internationally co-ordinated campaign to promote awareness and understanding of people with Autism. 

    Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder more commonly referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder but also known as Autism Spectrum Condition. It is estimated that there are around 700,000 people living with Autism in the UK alone – that’s more than one in 100.

    Those with the condition can encounter problems with communication, reciprocal social interaction and a tendency towards restrictive, repetitive and stereotypical routines of behaviour.

    To celebrate 10 years of World Autism Awareness Day, Celtic FC Foundation provided complimentary tickets to around 20 families from our Ability Counts Autism strand to attend last Saturday’s SPFL encounter against Ross County at Celtic Park.

    Celtic FC Foundation’s award-winning Ability Counts project works directly with children, young people and adults with Autism, using fun team-based games to foster an inclusive, engaging learning environment. Primarily focusing on physical activity and sport to develop social interaction, project delivery is proven to enhance communication, balance and co-ordination skills.

    Importantly, we recognise that Autism affects the entire family unit, and resultantly, Ability Counts also acts as an open forum for parents to exchange coping mechanisms and stress management techniques.

    Moving forward, proceeds from last year’s #LionsLegacy campaign will also see the Foundation create a Sensory Room, located within Celtic Park’s east stand and overlooking the pitch.

    Planned in considered consultation with industry professionals, the Sensory Room will allow children and young people to learn and develop in real world scenarios, such as those typically encountered in a footballing environment.

    Celtic FC Foundation Chief Executive, Tony Hamilton, said: “At Celtic FC Foundation, we are fundamentally committed to raising awareness and understanding of Autism as a condition – and it’s tremendous to once again commemorate World Autism Awareness Day. 

    “Our Ability Counts Autism strand has been operating for just under three years and we’re delighted with the inspirational outcomes we’ve witnessed so far. 

    “However, we recognise that we can do more, and subsequently, we’re building a sensory room in the East Stand (fittingly the Lisbon Lions end), overlooking the pitch, which will prioritise real connections for children and young people with Autism and similar conditions.”

    Ability Counts Autism is delivered at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Thursdays from 6 to 8pm. Ability Counts 18+ is delivered from Celtic Park, Fridays from 1pm-3.30pm.

    If you would like more information, please contact [email protected] or call 0141 551 4321

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