Walk in red in Bandon for autism understanding and acceptance

EVALEEN Whelton who runs Konfident Kidz and developed their Konnect programme believes that the onus can’t only be on children or adults with ASD to learn how to navigate this world if society in general don’t meet them half way with understanding.

Konfident Kidz has developed a very successful program which teaches social skills though drama for children with ASD. The program builds skills and confidence so children with ASD can take these learnings outside of the classroom into their everyday lives.

This is the second year running that Konfident Kidz is organising this event in Bandon on Sun April 2nd at 1pm in conjunction with Cork Womens Aspergers Group.
It’s a free family event with face painting and entertainment for children. Autistic Artist Elaine Bounce is bringing Fuinneamh Drum. Fuinneamh is a 14ft drum designed and crafted by Elaine.
The walk starts on McSwiney Quay at 1pm. All people have to do is show up wearing something red. There will be speakers, information stands, refreshments and entertainment in the Town Hall after the walk over the foot bridge.

This event is held on World Autism Day to celebrate Neurodiversity. Neurodiversity is the concept where neurological differences are to be recognised and respected as any other human variation. People on the Autism Spectrum, although they face challenges, can with the right supports and understanding thrive and live happy, full lives.

Konfident Kidz is also asking local businesses to come on board as they did last year and decorate shop fronts in red and add special offers for red products on Sun 2nd April. Last year c. 120 people attended and the event was organised in a week so this year they are hoping to have an even bigger turnout.

They are also asking businesses to make their premises Autism Friendly where possible by turning down lights & music and create an area of calm.