“I felt so much time, effort and resources go into an autistic child all through their school life,” said Richard about his motivation for making the programme, “and then, when a child hits 16-18, it feels like there’s no plan. And my concern was – if there is a plan – then it’s not clearly signposted. We’re not aware of it as parents.
Sport for Confidence is a pioneering social enterprise which places Allied Health Professionals alongside sports coaches in leisure centres to enable people with a learning disability to engage in regular, mainstream, sport and physical activities. This unique partnership between healthcare professionals, leisure centres and local sports clubs sees Occupational Therapists working directly with sports coaches and staff, to make adjustments that create truly accessible sport and leisure opportunities.
Austin is a former actor/singer who in his spare time would volunteer and work in and around many disabilities. Not happy with some of what he saw, Austin developed his own workshops. His interest in autism grew from a friend that was on the ‘spectrum’. He learned how to build strong bonds and understanding by putting himself in the shoes of the person he’s working with – seeing life from their point of view.
Paul Isaacs is am Autism Training Consultant, Speaker, Trainer, Author & Patron at Thomley Families
“Do not fear people with Autism, embrace them, Do not spite people with Autism unite them, Do not deny people with Autism accept them for then their abilities will shine”