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UK: £156,000 Funding Boost for the National Autistic Society
Allocated over three years, the new funding from the Department of Health's Section 64 Grant Programme, provides the charity with £156,000 to:
- Provide a network of social groups for young adults with Asperger Syndrome;
- Enable young people to lead independent lives by helping them learn how to form relationships, develop community and social skills, to learn the skills to help them avoid being victims of crime through their vulnerability and enable them to make positive choices; and
- Run social skills courses to help young people acquire the skills needed to voice their opinions to decision makers.
Welcoming the start of Autism Awareness Week, Dr. Ladyman said:
"We are delighted to be able to announce this new investment to improve services for people with autism. It is one of the least understood but most frightening and difficult of conditions. We welcome initiatives that aim to improve our knowledge and understanding of autism.
"We are grateful to groups like the National Autistic Society and other voluntary organisations that work hard to provide better support for people with Asperger Syndrome. The work they do is vital for making sure that people with this condition can be confident that they get the support they need."
Eileen Hopkins, Director of Development at the National Autistic Society, said:
"We are delighted to receive this grant at a time when our knowledge of the vulnerability of this group of people, who are attempting to live a mainstream life, is becoming known. The grant will enable the development of self-advocacy in a safe and knowledgeable setting. We continue to be grateful to the Department of Health for supporting the work of the NAS”
- More new from the Department of Health: www.dh.gov.uk
- Find out more about the NAS and the Asperger Syndrome project - www.nas.org.uk