So I’ve been trying to raise some money for the youth club I volunteer at. As I’m sire you have all heard me say how important it is for the young people. So I’ve made a few digital posters that are available to download for just £1 with profits going to the youth club. I’m also starting to design some handmade Christmas cards which I’m hoping to get up soon. So please go and check it out 🙂
I recently saw a video that my friend made a while back. She interviewed 3 workers at the Autistic Spectrum Inclusion Project and 4 young people with AS. One of the young people interviewed was me. I remember doing the interview with my friend about 2 years ago. Sadly the club were this was filmed and is spoken about often in the video closed down in august. I was there when Sam was filming Jess and Becky’s interviews but this is the first time I’ve seen it in full. Sam told me this is the proudest thing she has done and I think it should be, this is amazing. I hope we have managed help anyone who watches this video.
Please watch it and let Sam know what you think of it, because she worked exceptional hard on this.
So as some of you might know a youth club I go to for young people with Asperger’s is shutting in one week. This weekend will be our last residential and while I can’t wait I don’t want it to happen because it means that it’s coming to the end of the club. I’m going to miss it so much and I always cry after the sessions at the club because as much as I love it, it’s hard to think that we’re one week closer to when it will all end. I understand that there are closures and budget cuts all around the country but the government don’t fund this because it’s not worth it. This place saved my life and I know others there feel this way. This is the only club in the region for people with Asperger’s and it’s getting shut. I just don’t know how to cope with it gone…
In the county I live in there is only one youth club for young adults with autism. In 2011 the population was 1,381,200 and statistics show that 1 in 100 people have an autsitic spectrum disorder. So one youth club for all them people does not make sense. Especailly when you find out the local government give the club no funding and it relies soley on charitable donations.
I have been going to this club for three years now and it has changed my life. I would not be the person I am today if it was not for the club.
But sadly in August the club is shutting because of lack of funding. There is no other one to go to. Me (and others) have tried going to youth clubs for anyone and ones just for people with disabilities, but both types I hated I felt unwanted and there and was picked on in the general youth club. So this one for people with Aspergers is so vital.
Do you know why the government refuse to fund it? Because it only helps people with autism or aspergers. Autism is a socail disability, people have problems communicating. That’s why they need that extra help to communicate with the other clubs don’t do.
There is a general youth club just down the road from us, they have gyms a brand new multi-sports facility and sound proof rooms full of music equipment (even though we are in a recession) Continue reading