Autism awareness day for West Sussex

County Hall
County Hall

AUTISM groups across West Sussex will join with the county council on Wednesday (April 2) to address misconceptions of the condition.

The day marks World Autism Awareness Day, and the council said it wanted the public to rethink what people with autism were capable of.

It is estimated there are 7,000 adults with autism in West Sussex.

A council spokesman said: “The image many members of the public have about people with autism is that they are all geniuses with numbers but are unable to cope in society or in the work place. However, this is only part of the picture.”

Peter Catchpole, cabinet member for adult social care and health, said it was ‘vital’ to raise awareness of autism.

“It is time people understood more about autism and realised it isn’t just one type of condition nor that people with autism are affected in the same way,” he said.

“What’s more important is that there is a vast amount of untapped potential among people with autism and we want employers to realise this, which we already do at West Sussex County Council.”