Welcome to LOFFA

Laois Offaly Families for Autism is a local support group by parents for parents and families of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

We actively campaign to raise awareness of autism in our area and seek health, educational and support services that are appropriate to meet the needs of our children and adults with Autism.

Our group provides subsidised access to private a Speech & Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Art Therapist for those families who are forced, through lack of services from the HSE to obtain private therapies for their children.

In addition, we also run Junior Play dates, 10 Pin Bowling sessions and Art & Drama Groups for our children and their siblings to give them the opportunity to meet and socialise with other children like themselves.

We currently run a monthly Autism Friendly Cinema Club, venues alternating between Odeon Cinema in Portlaoise and Tullamore IMC (formally Omniplex).

Our group comes under the umbrella of the Irish Autism Action (IAA), we have been in existence since 2001 and currently support over 250 families but our membership in the Laois and Offaly areas continues to rise.

Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of every month alternating between Tullamore Court Hotel and The Heritage Hotel Portlaoise.

The Current State of HSE Autism Services in Laois/Offaly