Council recognises Autism Awareness Week

Dumfries and Galloway Council, in conjunction with Turning Point Scotland, has organised three events in the region to recognise World Autism Awareness Week (27 March to 2 April).

On 1 April, at Burns House in Stranraer between 2pm and 6pm, there will be an Autism Support Information Event. A wide range of organisations, both local and national that provide support, advice and information for families and carers, professionals and people with Autism will be there to hand out leaflets and explain how they can help and support people.

On 2 April there will be a screening of films made by people with autism about their experiences at the Robert Burns Theatre in Dumfries starting at 7pm. Supported by Autism Network Scotland, this event will also see the public launch of the Dumfries and Galloway Autism Strategy. Tickets and more information is available from the Robert Burns Theatre Box Office and their website - http://www.rbcft.co.uk/

Throughout April, the foyer of the Theatre will have an exhibition of artworks by people with Autism. This has been created through Turning Point Scotland’s Access Art project.

The aim of these events is to raise awareness and to help people understand how Autism affects, not just the lives of those with the condition, but their families and carers. Also by improving the understanding of autism it will help them recognise how they can make small adjustments to their own way of working or environment to help people with autism access services more easily.

Councillor Jeff Leaver, Chairman of the Council’s Education committee said: “The Information Event is the third we have had this year across the region and the previous two have been well received. I hope we get a similar level of turn out for the Stranraer one. It is important for people to know that these events can be interesting for everyone, not just those directly affected personally or professionally.”