Burnley business jumps at chance to promote understanding of autism

An event is to be held in Burnley as part of World Autism Awareness Week
An event is to be held in Burnley as part of World Autism Awareness Week

A campaign to help change people's understanding of a condition that affects one in 100 people is to be held in Burnley.

The National Autistic Society North Adult Services is to hold an awareness and fund raising day at Pegasus DropZone in Plumbe Street on Wednesday, March 29th.

The day is part of World Autism Awareness Week and the day will offer a trampoline session paired with a social event for the people the charity supports and an opportunity to focus on raising funds for its campaigns.

Autism, a lifelong disability which affects how a person communicates with and relates to others, as well as how they see the world. It is a spectrum condition and affects everyone differently, which means that everyone on the spectrum will have very different support needs.

Last year's event found that a lack of public understanding of the condition was leaving autistic people and their families socially isolated with over 50% of autistic people and their families staying in their homes because they are worried how people will react to them.

Daniel Veitch, the owner of DropZone, said: “My intention when opening Pegasus Drop Zone was to

create a fun and exciting environment, where people of all ages and abilities could take part, regardless of their

circumstances.

"It has been an aim of ours from day one to include individuals with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and to be aware of the differing levels of sensitivity each individual experiences."

Mark Lever, Chief Executive of The National Autistic Society, said: "We know that lack of understanding affects autistic people in all aspects of their daily lives, from when they go out and about in their communities to when they’re at work, if they don’t get the understanding and support they need.

“This is why it’s so amazing when businesses and organisations get involved with World Autism Awareness Week."