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Awareness raiser Jordon boldly goes - on a space hopper!

This image is FREE to use - The National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland is marking World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD  2nd April) with a fundraising campaign when people with autism and charity supporters will be getting on their Space Hoppers  trampolines - Pogo Sticks and Space Hoppers to Bounce for Autism. The vital funds raised will have a huge and positive impact on people with autism and their families living in Scotland. Bounce for Autism events are held in the weeks leading up to and following 2nd April as well as on the day itself. Bounce for Autism also has a serious purpose. Over 58.000 people in Scotland have autism. Together with their families they make up over 200.000 people whose lives are touched by autism every single day. NAS Scotland supporters who are people with autism and their families have told the charity that children with autism love to bounce with many finding it a fun and therapeutic activity. Picture shows MSP Mark McDonald (who is leading a Parliamentary debate today April 2

This image is FREE to use - The National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland is marking World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD  2nd April) with a fundraising campaign when people with autism and charity supporters will be getting on their Space Hoppers  trampolines - Pogo Sticks and Space Hoppers to Bounce for Autism. The vital funds raised will have a huge and positive impact on people with autism and their families living in Scotland. Bounce for Autism events are held in the weeks leading up to and following 2nd April as well as on the day itself. Bounce for Autism also has a serious purpose. Over 58.000 people in Scotland have autism. Together with their families they make up over 200.000 people whose lives are touched by autism every single day. NAS Scotland supporters who are people with autism and their families have told the charity that children with autism love to bounce with many finding it a fun and therapeutic activity. Picture shows MSP Mark McDonald (who is leading a Parliamentary debate today April 2

A Bearsden man with Asperger syndrome helped launch World Autism Awarness Day this week - on a space hopper!

Jordon Kirkwood (23) from Hillfoot was diagnosed with the condition aged nine and took part in the launch with MSP Mark McDonald, and Laura Foley , who also has the condition, at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

As a member of the National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland’s Adult Social Groups in Glasgow, Jordon said: “Bouncing is a great, fun way to raise awareness on World Autism Awareness Day. But it also has a serious purpose. NAS Scotland supporters, who are people with autism and their families, told the charity that children with autism love to bounce. Many find it fun and therapeutic. But the charity’s recent Count Us In report revealed that people with autism feel leisure and sports facilities are not as welcoming as they could be.”

Jordon continued: “I think a lot of people with autism want to be out and about more. They would love to be enjoying the kind of social opportunities most people take for granted.

World Autism Awareness Day took place on Wednesday, April 2.

To find out more about autism go to www.autism.org.uk.

 

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