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New Campaign Urges People To View Autism As A Difference Not A Disorder
A new campaign launched by charity Inspiring Scotland and the Scottish government urges people to see autism as a development difference rather than a disorder.
The scheme, which coincides with this week's World Autism Awareness Week, will encourage people to see autism as a different way of thinking rather than a condition that can be cured, and will also highlight the strengths of people with autism.
We can't wait to get started on this! Working to raise awareness of autism and helping to improve the lives of autistic people across Scotland. Happy #WorldAutismAwarenssWeek! @innovateautism https://t.co/bGV98q9C8J pic.twitter.com/Yy0UoNkTWr
- Inspiring Scotland (@InspiringSland) April 1, 2019
Scottish government and Inspiring Scotland are working on the campaign with Queen Margaret University and autism awareness charity Scottish Autism.
The team will work with Queen Margaret University to improve diagnosis and care for children and adults with autism and other neurodevelopmental issues, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and will work with Scottish Autism on support for newly-diagnosed autistic people and their families and to update the autism resource available to schools.
View this post on InstagramWe are excited to announce our #ValuedandAutistic campaign which features some of the amazing individuals who are supported by Scottish Autism. Feeling valued is fundamental to everyone's wellbeing, and the key theme of our campaign. Autistic people are at the heart of everything we do, with the recognition that each of our supported individuals has something valuable to teach us. In order for the people we support to feel valued, we not only listen to their wants, needs and aspirations, but with enabling support, we help them to achieve what is meaningful to them. Our group of talented young autistic filmmakers, Iceberg Productions, have helped create the short videos that will feature throughout this campaign, you can check them out via the link in our bio.
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Mental health minister Clare Haughey said it was important for everyone to receive enough support and to reach their full potential.
"We want Scotland to be an inclusive society in which everyone can play a full role and we are absolutely committed to changing attitudes and to showing the positive contributions that people with autism can make," she said.
A Glasgow autism specialist today expressed her hopes that society is getting closer to the day when, for many people with autism, the condition will simply be seen as a developmental difference, rather than a disorder.
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- NHSGGC (@NHSGGC) March 29, 2019
"These next steps will build on the work and progress we have made since the Scottish Government published the first Scottish Strategy for Autism in 2011.
"We want everyone to receive the support they need to reach their full potential, in the most suitable environment with a range of provisions in place to ensure this is the case."
Inspiring Scotland chief executive's Celia Tennant said it was important to "move away from stereotypes" and instead to focus on the "strengths" autistic people bring.
"These steps aim to increase society's understanding of autism, to move away from stereotypes and to make clear the many strengths autistic people bring to society," she said.
"We are proud to be a partner in this programme and look forward to working with autistic people, charities and organisations to create change for autistic people in Scotland."
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