Raising awareness about Autism.
World Autism Awareness Day will be held on Wednesday 2 April and St. Helens Council will be holding a special event at the award winning World of Glass to recognise this significant day.
It is estimated that just over 1,500 people in St. Helens have some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the event will focus on providing information on the range of support services available across the borough.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability affecting social and communications skills. The term ‘autism’ reflects the full spectrum and includes Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Pervasive Development Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Autism Spectrum Condition.
Current statistics show that around 1 in 100 children and around 500,000 adults have some form of autism.
Councillor Sue Murphy, Cabinet Member for Schools and Lifelong Learning said: “The council has an ambition for all people with Autism in St. Helens to have the same opportunities as anyone else to live fulfilling and rewarding lives. This is based around a good education and the provision of high quality health and care services into and beyond adulthood.”
Councillor Joe Pearson, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health: “The event will be open to all from 10am to 1pm and will provide information, advice and examples of their work we do in our schools, care services and with our partners in the voluntary and Community Sector. This will be followed from 1-4pm with an awareness raising training event which is designed for professionals and individuals with Autism, as well as parents/carers and volunteers.”
For further details please contact Beverley Lee, Commissioning Manager, St. Helens Clinical Commissioning Group on 01744 674376.