Monday, 4 August 2014

Asperger in Schools

This article first appeared in The Teacher magazine, July/August 2014 edition.

NUT member Kerry Lound from Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire was one of 12 British women with autism who took part in an innovative European project ‘Autism in Pink’ – which explored the way autism affects women.

Kerry was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2011, but kept her condition secret from all but those close to her, for fear of how others would react. After taking part in the project, inspired by other women with autism participating in the workshops, Kerry decided to ‘come out’ and through Facebook made her condition known.

Regarding this move, Kerry says the support and positive reactions from her friends and family has been overwhelming.

“It’s absolutely vital that more teachers are made aware of autism and particularly how the condition affects males and females differently, so they can look for the signs in their students and colleagues and provide the support they need to reach their full potential,” she added. “With the right support at the right time, people with autism can live the lives they choose.”

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