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An Insight into life with Autism presented by speakers with Asperger Syndrome ‘Asperger Syndrome – The Inside Story’

Released: October 2010

A personal insight into life with Autism will be presented by speakers with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), at Church of Christ the Cornerstone, 300 South Gate West, Milton Keynes MK9 2ES, on Saturday 9th October 2010.

Key speaker Marc Fleisher, author of ‘Making Sense of the Unfeasible’ and ‘Survival Strategies for People on the Autism Spectrum’ plus a number of young speakers, all with Asperger’s Syndrome, will give an insight into life on the Autism Spectrum and talk about strategies that have helped them.

A widespread lack of understanding about Autistic Spectrum Conditions, which are now estimated to affect 1 in 100 of the UK population*, was highlighted when 80% of GP’s reported they need to know more about Autism**. This event aims to bring together those that want to learn more, such as family members, care workers and healthcare professionals with those that live with the condition.

The event organisers ‘Autism Oxford’ provide the coaching and support for these young speakers to enable them to develop the skills and confidence to face the challenge of public speaking. Kathy Erangey, event co-ordinator says “It’s vital that young people with ASC have a public voice. They give a genuine insight into what life is like with Autism, giving others a greater awareness and deeper understanding of the issues relating to this condition.” Kathy adds “All the speakers have faced difficult and challenging episodes in their lives, their stories are highly motivating and their ability to overcome so much is awe inspiring.”

The aims of this event and those of Autism Oxford work in line with the Government’s three-year National Strategy, resulting from the Autism Act 2009, one of the targets of which is the improvement of training and awareness of Autism amongst those working with people who have ASC, as well as the general public.

This one-day event runs from 11.00am to 4pm, with registration at 10.15am. Places are £20-£30 and maybe booked on line at www.autismoxford.org.uk/bookingpage.html or by calling Autism Oxford on 01844 353292. This event may benefit anyone who lives or works with someone on the Autism spectrum, including care workers, GP’s, other healthcare professionals and those with ASC.

* Source: National Autistic Society, NAS
** Source: GP’s National Audit Office, published report 2009.


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Notes to the Editor:

ASC – Autism Spectrum Condition
Asperger an Austrian name, pronounced with a hard ‘g’
Kathy Erangey – pronounced ‘E-ran-gey’

To obtain further information, arrange an interview with speaker and author Marc Fleisher or request a Press Pass please call Autism Oxford’s Press Contact: Kathy Erangey, Tel: 01844 353292 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Autism Oxford is an organisation that runs events throughout the year within and outside Oxfordshire to spread knowledge and understanding of ASC. Speakers include world-renowned experts and authors such as Tony Attwood and Donna Williams. Delegates attend from all around Europe as well as locally in the UK.

Founder of Autism Oxford, Kathryn Erangey has a daughter and son, the latter diagnosed with Autism in 1994. She has a degree in Autism (BPhil Autism) and a Post Experience Certificate working with people with Autism Spectrum Conditions (PE Cert ASC). The principle aims of Autism Oxford are to bring together those in need of knowledge and understanding of ASC with those best able to impart it and proactively work towards the development of autism-specific services; opportunities for socialising, employment and realising personal potential.

Autism Oxford is engaged in assisting Oxfordshire NHS and Oxfordshire County Council Social and Community Services in gathering information about the needs of people with Asperger’s Syndrome, reporting on types of services needed and investigating new and innovative models that focus on enabling independence and citizenship.

Further information on Autism Oxford is available at www.autismoxford.org.uk.

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