Campaigners are confident that land in Levenmouth may be leased to help provide a purpose-built centre for the treatment of autism.
Members of Autism Rocks (Fife) are deep in talks over a stretch of ground in the area which could help their hope become a reality.
The group, chaired by Methil mum Liza Quin, wants to provide a facility to cater for the many people in Fife affected by the condition, and their families.
They hope the centre will have such features as a sensory room, areas for music and arts, and suitable indoor and outdoor play areas.
Liza (40) told the Mail the group was in discussions with someone who was interested in leasing some land.
“This person is really keen to help us out – they have land and they have office space,” she said.
She added it was “absolutely perfect” for what Autism Rocks (Fife) was looking for.
The registration process had begun, said Liza, and, if everything went well, the group would be looking to make applications for funding, to go towards the cost of leasing ground and the design of the centre’s units. It would also hopefully be in discussion with Fife Council over a service level agreement.
Liza’s daughter Alannah has the condition, which led her to found the voluntary group.
She is joined on the committee by vice-chairman and head of awareness Carol Chisholm, plus Karen Murphy and Donna Taylor.
Liza also received an award from Carol at the group’s most recent fund-raising event, in Methil Ex-Servicemen’s Club, to celebrate the project launch. The event featured Irish dancing group Celtic Moves, raffles, an auction, and a DJ, raising around £1000, with thanks expressed to all.
Liza said the centre would be “for the wider community”, while provision for people affected by autism would be an important factor for Levenmouth’s new combined secondary school in 2016.
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Autism Rocks (Fife) already has some ideas for the facilities which may be offered, should the new centre become a reality.
A sensory room, with emphasis on texture, lighting, colours and shapes, is likely, with soft play areas and illuminated floors, plus meeting rooms, an outdoor astroturf surface,rooms for art and music, and a size-adaptable area with movable walls. Liza added autism was more to do with learning difficulties and communication problems, rather than the perception about behavioural issues.