Council supports World Autism Awareness Week

Stockport Council is supporting The National Autistic Society’s World Autism Awareness Week 2017 which runs from 27 March to 2 April.

More than 1 in 100 people in the UK have autism, a lifelong disability which affects how a person communicates with and relates to others, as well as how they see the world. It is a spectrum condition and affects everyone differently, which means that everyone on the spectrum will have very different support needs.

Last World Autism Awareness Week, a report by The National Autistic Society found that a lack of public understanding of autism was leaving autistic people and their families socially isolated, with over 50% of autistic people and their families sometimes or often not going outside because they were worried about how people would react to their autism.

There are many events happening across Greater Manchester, including the Night Walk for Autism in Manchester on Saturday 1st April.

Councillor Tom McGee, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Health, said: “It’s really important for the individuals and their families and carers that we raise awareness of autism and what it really means to live with it, so people can get the right support they need to be fully integrated in our communities.”

For more information visit www.autism.org.uk.