Autism Awareness Week: share your experiences

We want to hear from people about the issues they face and think we should be reporting on during Autism Awareness Week



What it’s like to find out you’re autistic aged 33

The National Autistic Society has said it will work with the Scouts to help the organisation find solutions and plan changes after an 11-year-old boy with autism was left upset by being excluded from activities.

The Scout Association has paid a settlement of £42,000 to the family of Ben Gleeson, who had joined the 10th Harpenden cub scout group in January 2015 but was later told he could not go to camps or take part in athletics without supervision.

As people mark World Autism Awareness Week from Monday 26 March to Friday 2 April, we would like your help to explore some of the issues people with autism experience, but are currently under-reported. We’re particularly keen to hear from you if you are one of 700,000 people in the UK on the autism spectrum, or if someone in your family has the condition.

What would you like to raise awareness about? Do you have good experiences with an organisation you think we should know about and highlight? Has a company or group made life more difficult for you because of autism? How do you feel people can better understand the issues involved? Have things changed over time as society grows more educated about autism?

Share your views and experiences

If you or someone in your family has experiences of autism you would like to share, do so in the encrypted form below. We’ll feature some of them as part of our reporting.

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