Turning Point Scotland Dumfries & Galloway has been marking World Autism Awareness week.

Working in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway Council, the Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries and Autism Network Scotland there are a series of events being held:

  • On April 1 from 2 pm – 6 pm there will be an Autism Support Information Event at Burns House in Stranraer.
  • On April 2, with the support of Autism Network Scotland and the Dumfries and Galloway Network, a screening of films made by people with autism about their experiences will be held at the Robert Burns Theatre in Dumfries starting at 7 pm.  This event will also see the public launch of the Dumfries and Galloway Autism Strategy.  Tickets and more information are available from the Robert Burns Theatre Box Office and their website.
  • Throughout April, the foyer of the Theatre will have an exhibition of artworks by people with autism.  This has been created through Turning Point Scotland’s Access Art project.

The aim of these events is to raise awareness and to help people understand how autism affects the lives of people on the autistic spectrum, their families and carers.  By improving the wider population’s understanding of autism, it will help people recognise how they can make small adjustments to their own way of working or environment to help people with autism access services more easily.