ISHERWOOD: AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH - A LITTLE LISTENING COULD MAKE A LIFETIME OF DIFFERENCE PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 April 2012 09:14

 

 

AT the start of Autism Awareness Month, North Wales AM Mark Isherwood has backed calls by the National Autistic Society Cymru (NAS Cymru) for people in North Wales to take time to share the experiences of people with autism and their families and carers.

 

Gaining just a little understanding could make a lifetime of difference to the 25,000 people in Wales affected by autism and Aspergers syndrome.

  

Because autism is a hidden disability, it remains widely misunderstood both within mainstream society and even amongst key professionals like teachers and doctors.  As a result, the 1 in 100 people with autism in Wales often go through life with little of the support or understanding they need. 

 

 

Mr Isherwood, who is Chair of the Cross Party Autism Group in the National Assembly for Wales, said: "I am delighted to back NAS Cymru’s call. Being an Assembly Member and Chair of the Cross Party Group means that I am only too aware about the issues and problems facing people with autism and their families.

 

“No matter what job you do, or where you spend your time, it's highly likely you'll meet somebody with autism. Being alive to the difficulties faced by people with autism and showing a willingness to be supportive makes a real, positive difference."

 

 

Those wishing to take time to share the experiences of people with autism and their families and carers should visit:http://www.autism.org.uk/living-with-autism/real-life-stories.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

Promoted by Mark Isherwood AM at National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF99 1NA

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