Mid West Autism & Disability Resource Fair | Limerick Clare Tipperary

Finding your way through systems and resources available to those with additional needs can be frustrating and tiring. Unanswered questions seem inevitable, bottlenecks are a guarantee, and you’re sure you’re getting nowhere fast. It’s natural to want to throw up your hands in frustration and resignation. 

Mid West Autism & Disability Resource Fair | Limerick Clare Tipperary

What you’re experiencing isn’t your own fault, nor are you alone by any means. Fortunately, over time and with the help of some amazing people, this issue has been identified, and the answer has been found to be the creation, sourcing, and spreading of information that you can use as a roadmap through all of the information.

If that sounds like a plan to you, be sure to find your way to Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick, at 6-9 p.m. on the 22nd of November, where the Mid-West Autism & Disability Resource Fair will take place. Hosted by Little kneaders, this event is a chance for the best autism and disability services from Limerick, Tipperary, Clare & around the country to come together under one roof for anyone to attend.

But before getting further into details (they’re just below if you’d like to skip ahead), let’s learn a little more about how this event came to be …

The Inspiration for a Unique Event

Amy of Little Kneaders explains her inspiration for these Autism & Disability Fairs: “After attending the Mayo Autism Camp Resource Fair in February with my own business, I was blown away by the benefits for both those attending the fairs and those exhibiting. Local exhibitors and those from across Ireland coming together under one roof for parents, teachers, health professionals and carers to discover the pillars of support services, therapists, product retailers and activity providers available to them – walking out armed with information, leaflets and contacts to enable them access to services, therapy and products that they cannot access through the public systems because of the horrendous delays.

On my drive home from Mayo to Wexford, I couldn’t believe that these resource fairs weren’t available to families in all areas of Ireland and having seen the struggle some of the local families in Wexford go through to get access to supports, I booked the Talbot Hotel conference room and started contacting all the services, therapists and product providers I knew in the south east. The level of support from all those I contacted was mind blowing and it was clear that these resource fairs are something that are much needed.

The resource fair was considered a success, with 400 attendees filling the Talbot Hotel in Wexford. From there, the decision was made to expand the fair’s reach, resulting in the Dublin, Cork and now the Mid-West Autism Resource Fair.”

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What to Expect?

Local exhibitors and those from all across Ireland will come together under one roof for parents, teachers, health professionals, and carers to discover the pillars of support services, therapists, product retailers, and activity providers available to them. There, you’ll find contacts that enable you to access services, therapy, and products that seem to be impossible to come by through the public system, helping you to bypass delays, you’ll have access to play therapists, speech & language therapists, sensory play specialists, education consultants, psychologists, charities, specialist recruitment consultants, sensory solutions specialists, silent barbers, and authors, all under the one roof on the 22nd November.

For businesses, therapists, charities, and product retailers, these resource fairs are a chance to network and be able to refer clients to other services, which we may not have been able to do without connecting at these fairs. It is a chance for schools, parents, and carers to meet all of the above services and supports face to face, to make connections, and to have conversations with those that can help and provide support.

Who’ll be there?

And the list goes on.

Last but by no means least, you’ll also find us there. Otavo will be in attendance doing what we do best: selling a great selection of our products on the night. You’ll get the chance to see our chewables, ear defenders, weighted toys/vests/blankets, body socks, fidgets, and more!

Mid West Autism & Disability Resource Fair | Limerick Clare Tipperary

How much is entry to the Mid-West Resource Fair?

You’ll be delighted to hear that entry is entirely free.

I can’t make it to Limerick on that day, will there be another resource fair?

Yes, if you won’t be able to attend the fair for one reason or another, don’t worry. There’ll be events held throughout 2024, dates, times and venues will be announced in the coming weeks, so please keep an eye to Otavo’s social media accounts.

Make sure to join our mailing list to be updated on new events and locations as the Autism Resource Fair travels around the country and hopefully to a town or city near you.

Finally …

Not too long ago, autism, among many topics, was relegated to a whisper in Ireland. To touch on the topic was daring, never mind trying to understand it deeper. Fortunately, over time, a gradual surge of autism and disability awareness spread throughout the country. This development led to the growth of information, resources, and supports for those affected. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to make sense of what’s on offer, nor is it always easy to avail of these services.

That’s why Additional Needs Resource Fairs are essential to improving the quality of life of those with autism or ability alongside their carers, teachers, parents and beyond. Otavo are proud to be taking part in the Mid-West Autism & Disability Resource Fair and look forward to seeing you there. Be sure to come over and say hi!

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