Cottage Autism Network
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Cottage Autism Network Wexford

Supporting People With Autism

Cottage Autism Network Wexford CLG. (CAN) is a voluntary organisation based in Co. Wexford since 2004. CAN is a registered charity (CHY18103) with the Charities Regulator.

Our Mission

Cottage Autism Network aims to improve the quality of life of families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder by providing support, promoting equality and inclusion as well as raising awareness in the community by being a voice for our members. 

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In addition to providing direct support to families, Cottage Autism Network Wexford CLG. aims to create awareness in the local community. Annually, we organise events to raise awareness and encourage organisations and businesses to Light It Up Blue on April 2nd to mark World Autism Awareness Day.


The board is delighted to be launching the first ever Autism Conference to Wexford and indeed the Southeast. The purpose of the Conference is to not only raise autism awareness in our community but for the people of the Southeast to attend an event and listen to experts in the field, where people can receive information and find resources that they may not of known about previously.

We have secured some highly regarded people in the Autism Community as speakers which include Adam Harris as our keynote speaker. The speakers will cover a range of topics from Assistive Technology, getting an autism diagnosis in adulthood, how to prepare financially for a child with special needs, play therapy, family entitlements and growing up Autistic.

There will also be vendors on the day selling items such as sensory toys, essential oils, visual supports, sensory play dough and also informational stands that may benefit those attending.

We are very thankful to have received support from our main sponsors McCauley Health & Beauty Pharmacy, Celtic Linen and Adam Boyce Carpentry.

Tickets for the conference are €35 plus booking fees. Our members can purchase tickets at a discounted price of €20 plus booking fees. Our members will also receive discounts on purchases from the vendors on the day.

We will be running a raffle on our social media outlets and on the day of the conference. This is to try and generate funds for our charity as the event itself will not be generating any profit.

We appreciate any support from businesses and anyone that would like to donate a raffle prize please get in contact with our chairperson Louise Fitzpatrick on 087 1035 355. 

Conference Raffle Results - Congratulations!

1Signed & Framed Ireland Rugby JerseyLucy Moran
2Signed & Framed Paul McGrath Ireland Jersey & Soccer BallMary Roche
3Signed & Framed Wexford GAA JerseyLiz Hendy
42 Nights Bed & Breakfast – Clayton Whites HotelElaine Kinsella
5Shaws €100 VoucherAnnette Cahalane
6Fine Food Hamper – GreenacresEilis Fitzpatrick
7Fine Food Hamper – GreenacresAngela Wilson
8Dinner for 2 at La Marine Bistro – Kelly’s HotelNicola Walsh
9Framed Hand Drawing of Stag – Sean FitzpatrickMarguerite Casey
10€100 Voucher Family Membership – Rosslare Community CentreSandra Gleeson
11€50 Dunnes VoucherDeirdre Butler
12Handmade Tote Bag – Sew Essentially SueSinead Doyle
13Beauty Hamper – Grants PharmacyMartina Doyle
14Beauty Hamper – Hogan’s Faythe PharmacyJenni Curran
15Pamper Hamper – Peace & tranquilityDenise Whelan
16Jagermeister chiller – The Millennium Bar – DavidstownLinda Clerkin
17Putty Box Set – Little KneadersLochlann and Saoirse Ward
18Toy Hamper – Lidl EnniscorthyBertha Asple
19Toy Hamper – Lidl EnniscorthyEilis Fitzpatrick
20€30 Voucher & Scarf – Frock Boutique WexfordJannett Houghton
21€40 Lidl Voucher – WexfordMartha Ryan
22€30 Voucher – Farmer’s KitchenMaureen Conway
23€20 Voucher – Happy Trails Therapuetic Riding SchoolBetty Kelly
24€20 Voucher – Happy Trails Therapuetic Riding SchoolRos Logan
25Whiskey set – Londis of BreeAnnette Cahalane
26Supersoft Callaway Golf Balls – Rosslare Pro ShopJenni Curran
27Coffee & Scones for 2 people – UfucoffeeGemma Byrne
28Bottle of Wine & Box of Chocolates – Top Oil TomnalossetEileen Clancy
29Bottle of wine & Crafty Farmer knitsMarie Cheevers


Autism is a developmental disability that remains with a person for his or her whole life. This condition affects the brain’s functions. The first signs usually appear before a child is three years old.

Autism affects girls and boys of all races and in all geographic regions and has a large impact on children, their families, communities and societies. The prevalence is currently rising in many countries around the world.


The following are a sample of activities run by CAN during the year and these are subject to change. All our children’s activities create opportunities for those attending to develop their communication skills, social skills and to make new friends. Please get in contact for up to date details regarding activities available and also to book a place (places are limited).

Regular Coffee Morning

On hold due to Covid

Open to both CAN members and non–members. 

These are open to parents, carers and extended family members that would like to connect with others who have a child/family member with autism. Get in contact to find our next date.

Soccer 4 Fun

FAI Coaches work with small groups (max 10 per group) to develop the children’s/young people’s soccer skills. Small groups ensure that each child has the opportunity to participate at their own pace. These groups are open to both children with autism and their siblings. The coaches have experience of working with children who are both verbal and non-verbal and they work with each child to ensure their maximum participation.

Saturday mornings from 11AM to 1PM at Clonard hall.

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Little Friends Social Group

On hold due to covid restrictions

This group is aimed at children aged 3-5 yrs who are awaiting diagnosis or have been diagnosed with ASD. The group do activities such as art, craft, sensory play, movement and games. The group size is limited to six children per session and it is suitable for children who are non – verbal/pre-verbal/verbal. Parents have the opportunity to meet other parents, who are in similar position.

Activities During School Holidays

CAN organises a range of activities and events outside of term time. These include camps such as surfing and soccer as well as gaming days and family events.


On hold due to covid restrictions

There is a lego club running at the moment based in Brickz 4 Kids in Wexford town. This helps children in learnig through fun. 

The Aims are: Developing Imagination, Creativity, Social skills, Problem solving, Sharing, teamwork, Build, Create, Achieve, Sociability and Self Asteem. (Places Are limited)


Information sessions run during the year for parents and professionals on a range of topics.

Coding and Gaming

On hold due to covid restrictions

Our weekly Coding classes are run in association with TekCentral, which are based in The Allied Hub near Clonard. 

Coding is a basic Literacy skill in the current Digital climate. This is important for children to understand and to be able to interact with technology around them from a young age. There is a high demand for for workers in the Tech industry, so mastering coding at a young age allows our children to excel.

Tekcentral will provide all equipment, the weekly sessions are held for kids with ASD and their siblings aged 7+yrs.

Horse Riding

We offer horse riding lessons as well as therapeutic horse riding.

Railway yard gallops is based Duncormick for regular equine sessions.  

Therapeutic horse riding is based in Davidstown, Enniscorthy and involves an all over personal equine experience.

Horse riding has been recognised to improve children’s physical, emotional and social skills, and is also a fun activity!