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WATCH: Invergordon Academy pupils in Easter Ross share experiences of autism to coincide with global awareness week


By Hector MacKenzie

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TWO pupils from an Easter Ross secondary school have been sharing their experiences of autism as part of a global week of awareness.

The initiative comes from Invergordon Academy S2 pupils Logan Mackay and Owen Semple.

They have created a video to celebrate World Autism Awareness Week.

In it they help to explain more about how the condition affects them, the support that they need and some of the myths that need to be challenged.

They say how without diagnosis school would be more of a struggle.

They also tell of the importance of support to reach their potential.

The National Autistic Society says that one in every 100 UK school children is autistic and, without the right support, school can be a confusing and difficult place.

Celebrity supporter Chris Packham, who is National Autistic Society Ambassador, has written an open letter in which he appeals for help in raising awareness amongst pupils.

The wildlife presenter states: "I am sure you appreciate how tough life can be for them.

"Sign up to our free education newsletter and you’ll be able to download free learning resources, suitable for all age groups. If the week falls within your school’s holidays, you can use the packs at any time, whether you’re in school or teaching remotely. We hope that you and your students will enjoy using them.

"So, thank you on behalf of all the people you and your amazing students will be helping."

He signs himself "autistic man, wildlife fanatic and National Autistic Society Ambassador".

Related: WATCH: Black Isle teenager shares experience of autism as part of awareness week


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