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Harryville Primary School achieves Autism NI Impact Award

Harryville Primary School has become the latest school to be recognised as an Autism NI Award Champion through it’s commitment to nurture an autism friendly environment.

The Ballymena school is delighted to have received the special status, and it is testament to the staff team along with Principal Mrs Lesley Meikle, who have worked hard to have a school community that is welcoming to all.

As Northern Ireland’s largest autism charity, Autism NI has developed the Impact Awards to help organisations to become more ‘autism friendly’.

According to the charity, autism is currently the fastest growing disability in Europe with a 69% increase in diagnosis rates in Northern Ireland.

A spokesperson for Autism NI said:

“Congratulations to Harryville Primary School and Nursery and Nurture Units (Nursery Unit) on achieving our Autism NI Impact Award!

“The staff received tailored training from Autism NI and made reasonable adjustments to improve autism accessibility to their Nursery Unit.”

Delighted by the latest achievement at the school, Principal Lesley Meikle commented:

“Harryville Nursery Unit have proudly received the Autism NI Impact Award and are now recognised as an Autism NI Impact Champion.

“Staff in Harryville Primary School, Nursery and Nurture Unit have received Investing in Autism Awareness training and Training Excellence from Autism NI.

“This award is the first step in the whole school being recognised for the work in creating an autism safe and friendly environment.

“I am very proud of my staff for their enthusiasm, dedication and hard work to ensure that there is inclusion of all children and to the promotion of a holistic, nurturing school approach for all.”

For more information on the Autism NI Impact Award please visit:


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