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Call for action in Sunderland on World Autism Day

Jessica Peers and Chris Mitchell hand over the Sunderland Autism in Mind Call For Action to Lennie Sahota Sunderland City Council Head of Personalisation.

Jessica Peers and Chris Mitchell hand over the Sunderland Autism in Mind Call For Action to Lennie Sahota Sunderland City Council Head of Personalisation.

A WEARSIDE charity used World Autism Day to call for more help for those affected by the condition.

Autism in Mind says more services are needed in the city for adults who have Asperger syndrome or high functioning autism.

Carole Rutherford, co-founder of the charity, said World Autism Day was the perfect time to make a call for action to Sunderland City Council and the NHS services to “end the division that currently exists in Sunderland for people who are on the autistic spectrum”.

A group of more than 20 people, adults with autism and their families, went along to the Civic Centre to hand over the documents calling for change.

Carole said: “We are calling for equality for every adult who has a diagnosis of autistic spectrum condition, regardless of where they reside on the autistic spectrum.

“At the moment we have a divided spectrum with limited or no access to services that have very little understanding about autism, if any, for adults who have Asperger syndrome or high functioning autism. This is simply not acceptable.

“The needs of someone with Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism are different to the needs of someone who has autism and a learning disability, but their needs are nonetheless real.”

Carole said the charity wants integrated services for everyone in Sunderland who has a diagnosis of autism and a specialist team of people who understand the complex and specific needs of adults with Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism.

 

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