Guests learn more during Autism Awareness WeekBy Julie Spencer
September 24, 2012
A series of talks, workshops and social events for people with autism and their families was launched in Bracknell on Monday.
The town’s Autism Awareness Week began with a free conference, officially opened by borough mayor Cllr Jennie McCracken and Cllr Dale Birch, deputy leader of Bracknell Forest Council.
Guest lecturer was international speaker Ros Blackburn, best known for coaching actor Signourney Weaver in her role as an autistic woman in the film Snow Candle.
The week was organised by Berkshire Autistic Society in partnership with the borough.
Rosie Franklin, fundraising manager at the society, said the week was designed to offer advice and support as well as social events to all those on the autistic spectrum, from the profoundly affected who may not have speech to those who are highly articulate with Asperger’s.
She said: “Our message is Are You Aware? and we are covering employment and benefits, health and diagnosis, community safety and confidence and assertiveness.
“We are also having social events like our autism-friendly cinema sessions, where the lights are only dimmed, not turned off, the sound is muted and where children can walk around.”
To find out more about the Berkshire Autistic Society, call (0118) 959 4594 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.