An important part of our work is Campaigning for an adequately funded Asperger diagnostic service and Owen and I were both interviewed byHereford& Worcester Radio re Asperger diagnosis in Worcestershire on their Breakfast show on 12 July.
In spreading Awareness and understanding we’ve been visited by Thomas Galpin, psychology student at Preston University and members took part in his research contrasting empathy with aspies and non aspies. Jayne Pattinson from Coventry University is visiting us again next week (23 August) to discuss romantic relationships with female members.
Friends of ASPIE – our monthly get together for parents and family members has now been running for more than 18 months. As well as giving an opportunity to share experiences of living with an aspie with each other, Bill’s “Understanding Asperger’s” input is much appreciated and valued.
As mentioned to the Friends of ASPIE (parents and family members) at our last meeting I’ve been invited as an ‘autism expert’ by Remploy to a seminar in August. Some of our members have been involved with Remploy. I shall be hoping to get across the subtleties of Asperger’s to help increase employment opportunities.
We know how employment is an important issue and I shall attend the Becoming Disability Confident event at Worcester Racecourse on 17 September at which Penny Mordaunt, Minister of State for Disabled People will be a Guest Speaker. There’s more info on this at www.wlep.co.uk/businesses-invited-becoming-disability-confident-event/