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.