Waterside Resource Centre celebrated 60 years of the National Autistic Society’s work by hosting a swinging 60’s party.
Nicola Fletcher, senior support worker at Waterside said, “It’s important that we do events like these, we need to make people more aware and accepting people as they are, and not to treat adults like children.”
“Just because you have autism, you still have a life to lead. Autism can be more of a hidden disability, so we need to make it more inclusive and accepted within society. People need to be more educated to get rid of stigma.”
Waterside Resource Centre, which is part of the Aspire: for intelligent care and support group, support adults in Salford and beyond with autism, dementia, disabilities, and complex support needs. They work closely with individuals and their families, health care professionals, commissioners, and social workers to provide personalised high quality social care. The organisation also had people at its other centres taking part in super sixties challenges.
The staff and visitors dressed in sixties clothing and danced the afternoon away.
Support workers, Julie Walker and Katie Evans said: “Not a lot of people actually understand autism, and it does need to be more accepted. There aren’t a lot of places to go to when you have autism, so I’m glad we do the work here that we do.”
“It isn’t being spoken about enough and doesn’t have enough exposure. If people are educated more, they can be more mindful.”
Across the country, people have been fundraising for the National Autistic Society
to raise awareness for Autism Acceptance week which ran from 28th March- 3rd April. Celebrities that support the society include Christine McGuinness and Anne Hegarty who are helping to make a society that works for autistic people.