My eldest Daughter was diagnosed with ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) at the age of 6. She was first flagged up in her nursery with delayed speech and sent to a speech therapist for assessment. It took two years of battling and defending before I was eventually told she was on the spectrum.
We've had a rocky few years, a lot of good days, many bad and some very Dark.
I believe that with the right knowledge and tools, kids in schools should be taught what Autism is.
There is still a stigma surrounded by the word and how it actually effects the children. Because of the ignorance it makes life for an asd child harder. I truly believe that with education for pupils and adults alike, they can help kids understand an asd child. I'm not looking for a comfort blanket to protect my child but I am looking for more work to be done in schools that limits AN (additional needs) bullying. Kids shouldn't be picked in full stop but definitely not for something they can't control. So I'm looking to take part in the London to Brighton challenge on behalf of the National Autistic Society who I have worked with since diagnosis and they are helping us in the next stag of her life. As well as Romsey Mill's Aspire program who have provided girls like my daughter with a social group. My daughter loves going to her "girls group" because "everyone gets me there" and "they all like the same things as me! it's the best place ever! 100% awesome!"
How can I agrue with that?