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Weʼre raising £1,820 to Building a sensory room & having a place to have a parent drop in session for children with ASD, with a place for them to share and of load.

Gateshead, UK

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My name is jay i am 4 years old i was diagnoised with autism when i was 2 I am non verbal I am a happy, bright little boy who is loving life due to my parents and grandparents giving me the support I need. They are so understanding and learning more each day about autism. I started to go to a play group that was run for autistic children and this help me alot as it was quiet and I could be myself. I have now started special needs school and this is helping me alot as I get the support I need. Richie is helping my family with any questions or concerns they have to help support me. I think Richie is doing a great job raising awareness and supporting schools and family's. He is awesome

We Aim:

To help us provide a safe, nuturing and understanding environment, where you can just be you!

Sensory can play a big part and we want to raise enough money to make a sensory drop in free of charge to the public and a place for parents to pop in for a coffee and a chat.

To help us to provide real insight to those closely connected to people with Autism, by enabling them to gain first hand experiences of the challenges that most Autistic children and adults face.

To help us to raise more awareness, to connect more people, to make a more inclusive tomorrow.

Growing up without a diagnoses of ASD was difficult to say the least, i struggled immensely with everyday life and didn't understand where I fit into the world. I did all these different behaviour’s that at the time I didn't understand why I was doing them but really struggled to stop. As I have felt throughout life I have had to hide away and compress everything deep inside I have learnt a lot about myself and become very self aware which I feel puts me in a very good position to help families, businesses, schools or the general public learn more about ASD and how they can change their environment or their behaviour to help people that have ASD.

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Richies Awesometistic vision

It took until I was 33 before I received my ASD diagnoses and when I did I felt like a great weight had been lifted away and I could finally be myself, if I had been given this diagnoses back when i was a child and received the proper support needed my whole childhood would have been different and happier.

I dont ever want another child to have to go through the childhood that I had by having to hide their ASD for fear of getting punished or criticised. So this is why I started my business as if I can help people to try to understand a child and their ASD more then I will have done my job correct. If children with ASD are supported correctly throughout their life there is no reason why they cannot go on to have jobs and a family of their own.

I want to be able to give my perspective on my ASD and hope that this can help a family, a school or business gain insight into someone they may love, work with or just come into contact with. The world can be a scary place for someone with ASD and if we can help to make it even a little easier for all of us then i think that we should. I

am aware that every persons autism is different but my message remains the same for all in that these children need to know that they are loved and can be themselves without fear of being judged whether that be at home, school or out in public. I feel i want to raise awareness and give a little insight into my own autistic life in the hope that it can help others. Autism can be twice as hard when you dont have anyone to trust are talk too. Being a parent has a key responsibility to how a child can grow with autism.

I dont want a child to feel they need to compress at school and at home, as where does that leave them.

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    • June Simpson

      June Simpson

      Oct 13, 2018

      Best of luck in your fundraising 👍😊💕🌟


    • Emma


      Oct 10, 2018

      Thankyou so much for telling us about your life! This has definitely gave me a better understanding of autism, you should be proud of yourself. Good luck richie, hope you reach your target!


    • Seth Chuter

      Seth Chuter

      Oct 6, 2018


    • Gemma


      Oct 5, 2018

      You are doing amazing things Richie. These kids are going to be so happy and comfortable and safe.


    • Michael Lynch

      Michael Lynch

      Oct 5, 2018

      Small donation, But hopefully, you meet ya Target.


    • Danielle Hynes

      Danielle Hynes

      Oct 4, 2018

      Hope you reach your target soon. X


    • Nicole


      Oct 4, 2018

      Thank you for visiting our nursery setting last week! You’re doing a fantastic job, so inspiring. The support you offer and plan to deliver in the future is outstanding.


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    Gateshead, UK

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