What better way to start our monthly newsletter than to let you know about a show-stopping event taking place on Sunday 16 June at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. We are proud to invite you to a sensory explosion of music; from the heart-pumping chorus of the Carmina Burana, to the foot-tapping Marriage of Figaro Overture and the pomp and drama of Tchaikovsky, all in aid of our Future 50 Appeal.
A cinema advertising campaign featuring the true story of young autistic man, Austin, and his mum, Louise, will appear in North-West cinemas from today (8 March). The advertisement, designed by Merseyside-based charity Autism Together to convey the desperation that some parents with autistic children can feel, includes a re-created scene from Austin’s life which alludes to self-harm.
My sister was 9 years old when she was diagnosed with autism. Up until that point I believed she was gifted, extremely anxious and often demand avoidant, but never autistic. As a SEN teacher with additional responsibility for ASC provision at the time, I had been arrogantly confident that my sister could not be autistic as too many of her personality traits did not fit with the autism profile I had long understood.
Our former employee Dale Mills, age 37, has been found guilty of fraud and sentenced to 32 months in prison. Dale was part of our Finance team and had been a highly-regarded member of staff prior to his resignation in December 2016.
Brimstage Brewery, famous for its locally produced beer, has partnered with Wirral-based charity Autism Together in a creative project which encourages people on the autism spectrum to enhance their woodwork skills.
We have an exciting year ahead of us here at Autism Together. It will soon be 12 months since we launched our Future 50 appeal but momentum is not dropping here. We will be keeping you updated over the coming months and introducing some exciting new ventures.