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The IFPA Education and Training Department organised Speakeasy, a parenting course, in partnership with Irish Autism Action (IAA) on 17 April 2013 in Gormanstown, Co. Meath. This was the third year the IFPA and IAA have run this course.

The course is designed and delivered to guide parents and carers to help talk to their children on the autistic spectrum (who may or may not have an intellectual disability) about puberty, growing up and relationships. The course also explores strategies on how to keep children and young people safe from harm.

Sarah Rennick – Information Officer IAA says: “The Speakeasy course is not specifically for parents or carers of people with disabilities – it is relevant for all parents/carers, including those whose loved ones have disabilities.  With a group of parents/carers of other children with disabilities, including Autism, Downs Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities, I was given the tools, resources and confidence to develop a programme for my daughter.  

After attending the Speakeasy course I felt better able to deliver fact-based information to my daughter in an accessible format for her.  I didn’t realise how much would also be an education for me!  Being able to discuss topics openly, in a relaxed and supportive environment, exchanging ideas, resources and tips along with a healthy dose of humour added to the overall positive slant of the programme. I would happily recommend the Speakeasy programme to any parent or carer.”

Interested in finding out more about this course? See here or email IFPA Education and Training Coordinator Anita Ghafoor-Butt: