A Spectrum of Possibilities aims to improve the education, mental health and employability of autistic children and young people who go to mainstream schools.
We want everyone to know that it is okay to be different. Autistic people are amazing and have a some unique strengths. People need to realise this and support autistic people to use these strengths to their advantage. 98% of parents feel their mainstream school needs more autism training, 90% of autistic children are bullied at school, 80% of autistic people suffer from mental health problems. However, the children and young people you support don't need to be part of these awful statistics. Every individual has the potential to thrive with the right understanding and support.
As a result we have planned projects which aim to tackle the inequalities that autistic people face, and the biggest challenges that parents feel that they face.
Find out more about our projects
Also, we hate how much it costs to get invaluable support and advice. Therefore, we offer free training, and lots of information and resources on our website on a variety of subjects which we have specialist knowledge in.
Autistic people have deficits in 3 areas, social communication, social interaction and social imagination. However, where they lack in these areas, they excel in others.
Autistic people often have co-morbid disorders such as sensory processing disorder and dyspraxia, as well as other things that people are less aware of such as Irlen Syndrome and Trigeminal Neuralgia.
'If you have met one person with autism - you have met one person with autism'. Everyone is affected by autism differently. Every autistic person is unique and amazing in their own way.
More than 1 in 100 people are diagnosed as autistic. However, many autistic people are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as a lot of people have little understanding of autism.
Not much is known about the causes of autism. However, genetic causes have been found in 20% of cases.
Every autistic person has amazing potential, they just need the right support and understanding. Thomas Edison was getting low grades and was told by school he would get nowhere in life. But with the right support from his mum, he changed the world by inventing the lightbulb.
Bury, Manchester, UK