One of Scotland’s leading social care organisations is hoping to help generate a greater understanding and awareness of issues affecting people with autism and learning disabilities.

Turning Point Scotland is hosting its regular conference bringing together people the organisation supports for two days of activities and debate, on the 2/3rd of April.

TPS Connects is being held at the Beardmore Hotel in Clydebank and around a hundred people with learning disabilities and autism will be attending. The conference coincides with World Autism Awareness Day.

Staff, managers and Board members will be hearing their views through a series of debates involving people who use the organisations services, about the issues affecting them. Some of the topics to be discussed include the referendum, disability hate crime and self-directed support. There will also be workshops for drama, music, arts, dance and cake-making.

The event has been organised by people being supported by Turning Point Scotland. Stuart is on the TPS Connects committee that planned the conference and is on the autistic spectrum.

Russell is a TPS Connects member with Asperger’s who is coming to the conference, and he has previously spoken at TPS Connects meetings about his life.

Aileen Reid, Inclusion and Access Coordinator, Turning Point Scotland said:

“People supported by Turning Point Scotland told us they wanted more opportunities to meet new people, socialise and discuss things that were important to them.

They also wanted to have more of a say in the way Turning Point Scotland is run, by speaking to Board members and senior managers.

That’s basically the idea behind TPS Connects conferences. People being supported are involved in planning and organising the event too, so everything on the agenda is things they are passionate about.”

Turning Point Scotland is also marking its 15th anniversary with the publication of a special story book ’15 stories for 15 years’ which includes real life experiences. Russell’s story will feature in the book.

TPS Connects operates a membership scheme that you can join to take part in regular TPS Connects events around Scotland. For more information a new booklet has been produced.

For more information please contact Andy Dewar, Marketing & Communications Officer, Turning Point Scotland 0141 427 9425