During the last week of Autism Awareness month, Autism Jersey have released a very honest, personal and moving video clip with contributions from parents who have children with autism. It aims to increase understanding of autism within the island, reduce judgement and improve awareness of the charity which provides support to individuals with autism, their parents and carers.
Beth Gallichan, Fundraiser & Marketing Manager at Autism Jersey explained “In general, autism is not well understood by the wider community, so raising awareness locally is important to help increase understanding and improve life for all who are affected by autism. As a charity we embrace technology so producing a video clip to share on social media is a way of reaching out to more people, we hope it will go viral at reach over 1000 views by the end of April. We are very grateful to the brave families who provided such honest and insightful accounts for us to use. Many families express that some behaviours are often misunderstood and they find it difficult to interact in the community, our aim is to enable people with autism and their families to have a full and inclusive life within our Island.”
Penny Beaugie, mother of son Jack who is severely disabled by the condition explained why she was happy to be part of the video “If you would have asked me 4 years ago to speak about my son I probably would have said no. It has been an intense period of growth for my family, greatly assisted by Autism Jersey. Autism is so difficult to understand, especially by the older generation. By being open and talking about the condition, knowing my son Jack will not grow out of it, I can help to provide a brighter future for him and many other families affected by autism. “
It is estimated that there are over 1000 people in Jersey on the autism spectrum. Autism is a neurological condition which affects how the person communicates and interacts with the world around them. Autism Jersey aims to provide personalised support and packages to support Islanders and their families who are affected. The April campaign encouraging all to ‘Do something Awesome for Autism’ has its final activity this weekend. Registration is now open for the annual beach walk, sponsored by JT, walkers are invited to meet at La Braye, St Ouen’s at 9.30 am on Sunday 27th April to walk to L’Etacq and back. Registration & sponsor forms are available online at www.autismjersey.org. More information can be found on Autism Jersey Facebook or the office contact direct on 871888.
You Tube LINK- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zqs5enRTh6I