Clonakilty is Ireland’s First Autism Friendly town in Ireland. In order to acquire this designation Clonakilty had to go through a robust accreditation process. It engaged and trained 25% of it's businesses and voluntary organisations, train 50% of public services, 50% of school communities, 50% of healthcare professionals, 3 employers and reach and engage 25% of the town’s population and develop a three-year Autism Friendly town plan.
To date 212 organisations have been accredited with more organisations in the process of also being designated Autism Friendly Champions.
What makes Clonakilty Autism Friendly?
The Autism Friendly organisations in Clonakilty are accredited “Autism Friendly Champions”.
As an Autism Friendly Champion, we have done the following to receive their accreditation:
• Followed autism friendly staff training
• Developed a social story to help prepare the visit to the organisation
• Are service dog friendly
• A sensory activity specific to the Clonakilty Park Hotel, which is the availability of a relaxation sensory box and the creation of a sensory map
• Committed to working with the Clonakilty Autism Friendly Town Committee on the implementation of the three-year town plan
The sensory map for the Clonakilty Park Hotel is available for download here.
To get a pictorial tour of your stay at the hotel, the following social stories are available.
Autism social story staying in the hotel
Staying in the holiday homes/apartments, including the children's facilities