Autism is a complex disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate, form friendships and interact with the outside world.
It is estimated that one in every 110 children, and one in every 70 boys, is somewhere on the ‘autism spectrum’. Here in Ireland, the help available for autistic children has been poor, and the lack of services placed a huge burden on parents.
That’s all set to change, however, with the establishment on 24th February, of The Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopment Research (ICAN) at NUI Galway. The centre will be a focus for scientific research into autism, and for the provision of better educational services for children with autism.
Dr Geraldine Leader is the Director of ICAN.