Autism Jersey is excited to announce the launch of our new email newsletter.
In 2007 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution which declared that every April 2nd would mark World Autism Awareness Day.
At least 1 in 100 people in Jersey are autistic. Autistic people are our family, friends, colleagues, and community. Since 2007 we have become more aware of autism; now we need to do some work to better understand and support autistic people in Jersey. So, the first issue of our newsletter will be sent out on Autism Awareness Day in the knowledge that awareness is our starting point.
Our focus feature will be a question-and-answer interview, or personal story, with autistic people, their families or sometimes carers. We will talk about the varying challenges and strengths autistic people have and how we as family, friends and members of the public can change and adjust to be more supportive.
We will ask if autistic people in Jersey feel understood and will debunk some of the myths and stereotypes about autism. Autism advocate Dr. Stephen Shore famously said, “If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism,” so we encourage anyone who may like to generously share their story, experience, and perspective of the autism spectrum with us, to get in touch and have a chat to see if they might like to take part.
We want you to get to know us, so each issue will introduce you to a member of our team. From our support workers, who make a difference to the lives of autistic people every day, to the operational team that work in our office to ensure the day to day running of Autism Jersey. Our newsletter will also be a great way to share what we have been up to, tell you what is coming up and let you know how you can get involved. And of course, we will take the opportunity to thank our wonderful supporters for being “Awesome for Autism.”
So, this autism awareness week we encourage you to visit our website, www.autismjersey.org and sign up to our newsletter. We hope it will be a welcome addition to your inbox as we listen, learn, and connect to and with autistic people, their families, and carers. We believe that connection creates understanding and understanding leads to inclusion.