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Pupils’ inspirational lesson in living with autism

Local author Chris Mitchell (standing centre) who has Aspergers Syndrome, with event organiser Suresh Patel (standing 2nd right) and children and parents at the REACH event for special needs pupils and their parents at Monkwearmouth School on Wednesday night.

Local author Chris Mitchell (standing centre) who has Aspergers Syndrome, with event organiser Suresh Patel (standing 2nd right) and children and parents at the REACH event for special needs pupils and their parents at Monkwearmouth School on Wednesday night.

AN Asperger’s syndrome sufferer gave pupils at his former school an inspirational lesson.

Author Chris Mitchell, from Seaburn, was invited back to Monkwearmouth Academy to speak about his experience of living with the condition for World Autism Awareness Day.

Chris said attitudes in mainstream education have changed towards special needs pupils since he was at school.

He said: “Inclusion in schools is a very topical thing and I like the idea that the school celebrates what the pupils have overcome to achieve things.

“I was thrilled to get the invite to speak and very much looked forward to the evening.” Suresh Patel, who is in charge of the Looked After Children policy at the school, said Chris’s experiences with autism are invaluable to pupils and their parents.

 

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