FANDOM CON, one of Northern Ireland's first-ever gaming conventions specifically designed for and organised by individuals with autism, is set to take place this Saturday, May 27th, from 12-4pm at 2 Royal Avenue, Belfast.
The event, organised by NOW Group participants, aims to create an inclusive space where like-minded individuals can come together, celebrate their love for gaming, and connect with others who can benefit from NOW Group services and social groups.
With over 340 enthusiastic people registered to attend, Fandom Con promises to be a remarkable gathering that embraces the passions and interests of those attending.
Jenny Potter, NOW Group Regional Manager, spoke about the concept's development, highlighting its roots in Fandom, a social forum originally created by NOW Group, a social enterprise supporting people with learning difficulties and autism into jobs with a future.
“Fandom provided a platform for individuals to socialise, make friends, and bond over their shared interests in comics, video games, and movies. Recognising the desire to expand these connections and provide a larger-scale opportunity for participants to meet new people, the idea for Fandomcom was born,” comments Jenny.
"We are incredibly proud to introduce Fandomcom as a ground-breaking event in Northern Ireland," adds Jenny. "Fandom has been a source of joy and camaraderie for many individuals with autism. Seeing the genuine connections formed, we recognised the need for a convention that could bring even more people together and amplify these experiences. Fandomcom will create an exciting space where individuals with autism can celebrate their passions, share their enthusiasm, and connect with others who understand and appreciate their unique perspectives."
Free to attend, Fandom Con takes place on 27th May and will feature an array of engaging activities, including interactive gaming stations, cosplay competitions, tourneys, and much more.
The convention aims to foster a welcoming environment to empower individuals with autism by creating a platform where their voices are heard, their talents are celebrated, and their experiences are validated.
For more information visit, www.nowgroup.org.