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Hi from Carole

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Carole Rutherford

Hi from Carole

Thu 12 Mar 2009 5:41pm
I am late with my intro so many apologies for that. I am Carole Mum to three sons, two of them have a diagnosis of ASD. The eldest has failed rock start syndrome! I have a diverse sense of humour which keeps me going. My second son is now 21 years old and has AS. My youngest son is now 12 years old and has HFA. In 2000 I co-founded a group called Autism-in-Mind (AIM) which is a national campaign and support group manned solely by volunteers. and I am an ardent campaigner. At the moment I am an Advisory Council with the Autism and Education Trust and am also part of the External Reference Adult Autism Strategy Group (what a mouthful) But first and foremost I am a Mum and I do what I do because of my two sons.
'The Key to Understanding is Awareness'

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  • TomGray's picture

    Hi Carole, looks like you will be a valuable member here, welcome.  I'm Tom, six kids two with asd and I have that too. I can relate to doing what you do because of your children, I'm the same - guess we all are eh?

    Nice to meet you.

  • Carole Rutherford's picture


    Nice to meet you to Tom. I think that parents need to keep pushing for change because if we don't know one else is going to. We have a vested interest and one which is worth fighting for.

    'The Key to Understanding is Awareness'
  • NickyB's picture

    Hello Carole and welcome Smile

    I admire all that you're doing - I'm not sure I'd have the energy !!

    Nicky x

    Nicky - Community Champion
  • paula@talkaboutautism.org.uk's picture

    Hi Carole, welcome to the forum and thanks for joining us. As others have said, it sounds like you'll be a valuable addition to the community. : )

    You asked on facebook if we have a messaging facility - I thought I'd answer here for the benefit of others who wondered also. We will be adding in a messaging facility very soon - I will announce when it is put in.

    Let me know if you have any other questions. As we've just launched we're looking for comments on what you like and don't like about the community and any questions - so if you have any, please post it up! http://www.treehouse.org.uk/forums/general-forums/feedback-and-help

    Please note there is not a link to the community from the main part of this website (as we are not launching the community area publicly yet) so please bookmark or favourite the link : http://www.treehouse.org.uk/talk-autism. Paula

    Paula Barrett Community Manager talk about autism paula@talkaboutautism.org.uk
  • MarcoS's picture
    Hello Carole, and welcome to the boards.  It is amazing to see the number of people involved in the community.

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