Thank you to our W.D.N. fundraising sub committee (Melissa, Emily, Seán & Jo), that worked conscientiously on this Pobal application for funding under the Community Centres Investment Fund.
Absolutely delighted that we can now make the necessary adaptations and improvements to make our premises totally accessible to adults, youths and children with a range of disabilities.
W.D.N. will be upgrading our lighting system, which will not only be autism friendly, but will deliver tremendous savings in our use of electricity, enabling our organisation to become more energy efficient and ecologically friendly.
Carmel Hennessy stood before the microphone at St. Patrick’s Gateway with calm, understated confidence.
She told the gathering assembled at the inaugural Waterford Disability Network (WDN) Conference on Autism that she’d written down what she needed to say on a sheet of A4 paper. As she shared her story, Carmel spoke from the heart with colour, eloquence and clarity. I suspect there’ll be few better speeches I’ll report on all year.
“I was officially diagnosed as autistic about two years ago, just before the pandemic hit”, she began.
“The signs were probably always there but it wasn’t until I went to the National Learning Network (NLN, on the Cork Road) to do a retail course that things began to fall into place and I began to see others with kind of similar world views. For me, it was like being an ugly duckling and walking in and seeing a load of other swans and thinking, ‘woah, this is interesting’. An amazing journey was about to begin for me.”