Before I met Jay I had very little knowledge about Autism & how it effected people. However listening to Jay passionately talk to me about it & the work he does with Autistic Children at CASPA I have come to learn a lot about it.
Did you know that over half a million people in the UK alone suffer with Autism? Thats 1 person in every 100. If you include their families, Autism touches the lives of about 2 million people in the UK every day!
There are many different theories behind the causes of Autism but its generally classified as a neuro-developmental disorder. There are also many different types or severity of Autism. The most common and well known form of Autism that you have probably heard of is Asperger syndrome.
Autism affects the way a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. Everyday life for people with autism can be confusing & frightening. They often find understanding and communicating with others particularly difficult, which can leave them feeling isolated. They can have difficulty recognizing and understanding people’s feelings and managing their own feelings. They may, for example, stand too close to another person, prefer to be alone, behave inappropriately and may not seek comfort from another person. This can make it hard for them to make friends.
While some people with autism can live independent lives, others may need a lifetime of specialist support. Autism can have a profound and sometimes devastating effect on individuals and families. But making sure they get the right support makes a positive difference to the person who is diagnosed and for their families.
Autism is not caused by a person’s upbringing and is not the fault of the individual with the condition. There is no known cure for autism. However, there are a range of learning and development techniques that people may find helpful.
This is where groups like CASPA come in. CASPA which stands for Children of the Autistic Spectrum Parents’ Association is a charity that works with children, young people & families affected by autism. They run social clubs, holiday activities, an independent living skills programme & provide support in many ways to the families of the children & young people. They are based in Bromley & currently work with around 100 children & young people every week.
They are passionate about providing inspirational activities such as sport, cooking, art etc, & opportunities for young people & children with high functioning autism to develop social, communication & independent living skills, gain confidence & increase their chances of full integration into society.
For the kids this is a great way to interact with other kids & make friends – something a lot of them may have never done before. For the families, this is great for them to get support, not just from the group but from other families in similar situations!
Jay & I have decided to do our 900 mile crazy bike ride in aid of CASPA! This will help to keep CASPA going but also to help them to provide the best care, facilities & resources possible.
You can also help support these kids too by giving a donation to our charity ride. Help support Jay & I on our bike ride but more importantly help support CASPA, so they can continue to help 100s of kids every week.
Click on the link below & follow the instructions, its will take a couple of minutes of your time but will help the kids for the rest of their lives!
If you would like any more information on CASPA then please visit their website at: