Spectrum, the South West’s leading autism charity, has launched a campaign to ensure people know their rights to mark World Autism Awareness Day on Sunday (April 2).
The campaign aims to make sure everyone receives the help, support and advice they are entitled to regarding Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).
Know Your Rights has been launched by Spectrum’s Pearl Centre to help inform parents, carers and individuals about what their rights are and how they can access the information they need.
The campaign will highlight the most important laws around autism, care and learning disabilities in easy to understand formats.
Gavin Pedley, Manager of Spectrum’s Pearl Centre, a resource hub for people with autism and their families, said: “We put people in touch with whatever is available to make their lives easier. Sometimes, just a bit of understanding and knowing you’re not alone is all that’s needed to make a difference.
“We know that people with autism and their families benefit from face-to-face support from people who have knowledge of autism and who can offer advice on how to access further sources of help and support.
“That’s where the Pearl Centre comes in. We want everyone to know their rights and we have assisted thousands of people via the Pearl Centre, which has been a lifeline for many people.”
Spectrum’s Pearl Centre, in Cathedral Lane, Truro, has helped more than 4,000 people since it opened its doors in April 2012.
It is a place for people to get information and advice on Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and associated conditions. It acts as an information and resource hub to families, individuals, carers, organisations and statutory authorities.
“People come to the Pearl Centre enquiring about how and where a diagnosis can be obtained, help with school attendance, transition to adulthood, work opportunities, support and activity groups and accessing care and respite,” said Gavin.
The Pearl Centre runs several regular events, such as the Siblings Group, for brothers and sisters of children with autism and open sessions, which provide an opportunity for people to put their questions to a clinical psychologist and behavioural expert.
More information, including access to printable, easy-read campaign documents on everything from The Equality Act and the Government’s Plans for Safeguarding Adults, can be found here http://www.spectrumasd.org/resources-downloads/knowyourrights/