When I was asked to write a blog for the website in regards to Autism I started to rack my brain, thinking of quotes to take off the website and stats I could search for on the internet which probably would have made for a very sterile, yet factual piece of reading so instead – here’s my journey with Autism.
Fortunately for me, when I growing up my mum worked for Mencap so from a very young age I was taught that everyone is different, whether it be the colour of your skin, the shape of your body or simply that they’re wired a little differently. Looking back, this was a wonderful lesson to learn early on in life and a lesson I truly feel is being learnt by other people throughout the UK as there’s greater awareness around Autism.
Autism awareness week is a great example of this, you see many people changing their Facebook profile photos to support the week and this in turn gets people asking questions and ultimately showing their support – which in a world of constant bad news, it’s the victories like these which make me smile. There are times when I’m at work, I sit back and watch the dynamics during the SEN sessions and there are genuine bonds between our customers and staff and from the bottom of my heart, it’s a magical to see.
We haven’t always got things right but we’re humble enough to ask for advice from people who do know and can advise us on how to improve things and if you are reading this and have ideas for us – please get in contact. One of our biggest assets is Aleisha, she has been a key player in developing the sessions and has taken it upon herself to fully immerse herself in the sessions and has gone above and beyond her job role to get to know each individual on a personal level and make sure they enjoy their time here with us.
As time goes on, I’m sure we will continue to learn more about Autism and become even better at what we do and if anyone who is reading this feels they have ideas on how we can better ourselves then please feel free to email me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or speak to one of us when you are in the building.
‘Why fit in when you were born to stand out? – Dr Suess