Par­ents fight­ing for an or­di­nary life

Harefield Gazette - - LETTERS -

EV­ERY par­ent is am­bi­tious for their child’s fu­ture, but the re­al­ity for many par­ents of chil­dren and young peo­ple with autism is they are fight­ing to make the or­di­nary pos­si­ble.

This is where Am­bi­tious About Autism comes in. I have sup­ported and worked closely with the char­ity for more than 10 years and I, like many of you, have per­sonal con­nec­tions to autism.

When you ask a young per­son with autism what they want for the fu­ture, their an­swer is sim­ple.

They want to be­come in­de­pen­dent, have a job and make a con­tri­bu­tion to their com­mu­ni­ties. They want to be happy and live full and re­ward­ing lives.

Young peo­ple with autism have lots to of­fer em­ploy­ers and it is only right that they are af­forded the same op­por­tu­ni­ties as other young peo­ple. How­ever, only one in six peo­ple with autism are in paid and full-time work. I be­lieve that with the right sup­port and op­por­tu­ni­ties, these young peo­ple can achieve in­cred­i­ble things.

That’s why I’m sup­port­ing Am­bi­tious About Autism’s cam­paign, Em­ploy Autism, dur­ing World Autism Aware­ness Month.

The char­ity wants to en­sure young peo­ple with autism get the right ed­u­ca­tion, ad­vice and work ex­pe­ri­ence op­por­tu­ni­ties to pre­pare them for the world of work and en­sure em­ploy­ers have the un­der­stand­ing and will to sup­port this tran­si­tion.

So please, help young peo­ple with autism get the same train­ing and work op­por­tu­ni­ties as other young peo­ple of the same age so they can en­joy a pro­duc­tive and in­clu­sive life

To sign up and find out more in­for­ma­tion about how you can sup­port Am­bi­tious About Autism, please go to www. am­bi­tious­aboutautism.org/ em­ploy-autism. Thank you. JON SNOW Broad­caster

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