Hundreds of people across West Sussex have been finding out more about autism.
Street events to raise awareness of the condition were held across West Sussex including Worthing to coincide with World Autism Day on April 2nd. Residents with autism and their families helped man stands and talked to people about living with the condition. An estimated 9,000 people have autism in West Sussex – one in 100 people.
Peter Evans, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life, said: “It was great that so many people stopped to find out more about autism at the street events. Events like this help to raise awareness and promote better understanding.”
Meanwhile, West Sussex residents with autism have recently been taking centre stage to raise awareness of the condition. Fifteen residents aged from five to 79-years old share their stories of living with autism in a new poster campaign from West Sussex County Council. The new posters can be seen around the county including libraries, GP surgeries, police stations and leisure centres.
The Understanding Autism campaign aims to challenge common stereotypes and misconceptions of the condition. The posters show that autism is a ‘hidden’ condition – you cannot tell by looking at someone that they have autism.
The County Council works with a range of charities and organisations to support residents of all ages with autism.