Win a family stay at the autism-friendly Liverpool Malmaison hotel

Autism Together is asking families affected by autism for their help with a special research project.

Those completing a simple online questionnaire (www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XB6NFT5) will have their names entered into a hat. One family will win an overnight stay at the luxurious Malmaison hotel on Liverpool’s famous waterfront. The hotel is an Autism Champion, with staff trained in how to support those on the spectrum.

The five-minute questionnaire will ask people to think about what life could be like fifty years into the future for people on the spectrum; what changes they feel should be made to improve lives, how they feel people with autism will be supported in the future and what they could be contributing to a future society. A report based on the research will be published in early 2018.

CEO of Autism Together, Robin Bush, said, “Next year is a big year for our organisation. We could spend 2018 looking back at our charity’s first fifty years. What we’d rather do, though, is use the remarkable energy and creativity within the autism community to look ahead and ask some big questions about society. As recently as thirty years ago, outside autism circles, knowledge of the condition pretty much started and stopped with the film Rain Main. Yet look where we are today – with massively increased awareness. Our question now is: what do we want for our future?”

Autism Together has a pioneering history. It was founded in 1968 as Wirral Society for Autistic Children by a group of concerned parents, one of whom refused to pay his taxes unless his autistic son was offered the opportunity of an education. This bold move resulted in a parliamentary debate and the beginnings of special education provision.

Today the charity employs a thousand people across Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire and offers a broad range residential and day services. It’s won a dozen awards in the last four years for its services for people on the spectrum.

To complete the survey visit: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XB6NFT5

For further information about the project please email: PR@autismtogether.co.uk




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