Support the need for services & support for people on the autistic spectrum in Argyll.

Support the need for services & support for people on the autistic spectrum in Argyll.

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jenny buckley started this petition to Argyll&Bute Council and Health & Social Care Partnership

Currently there are NO facilities,support or services available in Argyll for people on the autistic spectrum.There is an estimated 862 adults and children living with autism in Argyll & Bute. My 18 year old daughter Jamie is one of them.

Jamie had a hard time throughout her school life,struggling to fit into a world that she was made to feel she didn't belong,something experienced by many children on the spectrum,especially those that are high functioning like Jamie. Jamie had to leave school when she was 15,the stress & anxiety of being taught in a mainstream ,unsupported environment for years with  a lack of understanding from teaching staff (due to a lack of training in autism) led to Jamie being completely overwhelmed ,reaching crisis point.Jamie suffered from severe anxiety and depression and could no longer attend school.Jamie had a life plan,she wanted to be an equine physiotherapist,which would have been easily achievable for her had she received the correct support in school.Sadly this seems to be a pattern for many young people on the spectrum in their high school years.

Jamie's feelings of not fitting in have continued into her  adult life as there are no services or facilities in Argyll for people with autism.We applied for Jamie to go to the Resource Centre in Lochgilphead as this looked like a possible option and would give Jamie the much needed social interaction she was longing for. We were told Jamie wasn't eligible because  she didn't meet the criteria as autism isn't recognised as a learning disability - learning difficulties and disabilities are very complex and individual to the person,they are not black and white and I feel the application form should be revised to fit in with our current,diverse society and look at the individual needs of the person,not on whether they tick a box.This experience had a very negative impact on Jamie's self esteem and mental health.

Jamie feels isolated,sad,lonely, and that she's been let down.Sadly Jamie's story is one of many in our community. The number of people being diagnosed with autism is on the increase,surely our council and health care system can't afford to ignore the desperate & growing need for support and services in the area.

Please sign this petition to urge Argyll& Bute Council and Argyll & Bute Health & Social Care Partnership to provide services and support for people on the autistic spectrum.

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