Working together to promote autism in Hounslow

Hounslow Council is holding an Autism Awareness and Acceptance event tomorrow, Wednesday 29 March 2017, in support of Autism Awareness week.

Published: Tuesday, 28th March 2017

Poster image of World Autism Awareness Week

Hounslow Council is holding an Autism Awareness and Acceptance event tomorrow,  Wednesday 29 March 2017, in support of Autism Awareness week.

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.

Andrew Carpenter, the NHS England Autism Champion will be delivering an inspirational presentation on autism awareness at this event. If you are caring for someone with autism or would like to know how to get help and support, you can go along and find out more.

The event, which is the first autism specific event in Hounslow, will be held at the Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow, TW3 4DN tomorrow, Wednesday 29 March from 10am-12noon.

Autism is not rare.  There are over 700,000 people with the condition in the UK, but detecting autism isn’t easy as the features can present differently in different people. Diagnosis usually involves a range of assessments; including clinical interviews, observation and  the use of specialist diagnostic tools.

Such assessments help to understand a person’s developmental history, as well as establish the presence of key diagnostic features and their impact of everyday functioning.

As a result, members of the public and those in frontline roles need to be aware of possible signs. These can include problems with social interaction (e.g. avoiding eye contact), problems with language and communication (e.g. literal understanding), and also poor behavioural flexibility (e.g. obsessional interests).

Councillor Kamaljit Kaur, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Services, Hounslow Council, said: “We know that lack of understanding affects autistic people in all aspects of their daily lives, from when they go out and about in their communities to when they’re at work, if they don’t get the understanding and support they need.

This will be a really good opportunity for services, professionals, carers and service users to connect and share information and advice on what services offer to carers and people with autism in the borough.”

To attend this event please call Rebecca Smith on 020 8583 4531 or email Rebecca Smith