Saturday, 21 February 2015

Raising awareness of autism

A mother and daughter have arranged a ‘coffee afternoon’ to raise awareness of autism with the political candidates representing the two main political parties challenging for the North Ayrshire & Arran seat at May’s UK Election. 

Members of the local community will be able to question Labour’s Katy Clark and the SNP’s Patricia Gibson at the event on March 7th, which is being held in Ardrossan Library from 2:00pm.

The event, which is free, has been organised by teenager Jordan Fernando who, herself, has autism and is an ambassador for the National Autistic Society.  Helped by her mum, Suzanne, Jordan’s plan is for the ‘coffee afternoon’ to a be a relaxed, informal affair where people have time to chat with Ms Clark and Mrs Gibson, as well as have their questions answered.

Jordan said, “Guests can ask the candidates anything at all related to autism and how the policies of the Labour Party and the SNP could help those affected by the illness and their families.”

Last December, Jordan received praise for the professional way in which she and her mum organised a cabaret night to raise much-needed funding for the National Autistic Society Scotland.

In addition, the young Ardrossan woman’s work in supporting those affected by autism and raising awareness of the illness saw her win a Cream of Ayrshire Award last year.

[Photo: Jordan and Suzanne Fernando]

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