Will you be ambitious for children with autism this Christmas?
Every parent is ambitious for their child’s future, but the reality for parents and carers of children with autism is that they are fighting to make nothing more than the ordinary possible for their children. This is where Ambitious about Autism, the national charity for children and young people with autism, comes in. I have supported and worked closely with the charity for over ten years and, like many people, I have personal connections to autism. Will you join me in supporting them this Christmas time?
I would like to tell you about Keira and how her personal development and quality of life has been changed for the better, thanks to the work of Ambitious about Autism.
Keira has attended Ambitious about Autism’s TreeHouse School since 2012. TreeHouse School provides specialist education and support to enable its pupils to learn, thrive and achieve. Since joining the school Keira’s mum has seen a huge and positive impact on Keira’s learning, confidence and independence. She has developed into a funny and independent young woman, and makes her mum so proud.
“The staff are amazing and are always willing to include you in every aspect of your child's education. It's really hard to imagine where we would be without TreeHouse and its amazing staff.”
With Ambitious about Autism’s dedicated work, and the expertise from Treehouse School, Keira is learning the necessary skills to live a happy life in her local community.
“My hopes for Keira over Christmas are for her to enjoy the experience as much as possible.”
This is just one example of how Ambitious about Autism is changing the lives of children and young people with autism. Through technology we support non-verbal children to communicate and have a voice and we support thousands of parents to share their experiences and help each other through our online community.
A gift this Christmas could enable Ambitious about Autism to help more children and young people like Keira.
£10 could provide visual aids for a non-verbal child to communicate at home and school.
£20 could fund our online community, Talk about Autism, for a day providing critical support, help and guidance.
£50 could provide one-to-one support for a young person with autism to enjoy leisure activities in their local community.
£100 could pay for a young person with autism to spend their first night away from home, enjoy activities at an autism-friendly activity centre, whilst also providing respite for their parents or carers.
Thank you very much for reading this letter and if you are able to make a gift to help children and young people with autism to get the same opportunities in life as other young people, that would be very much appreciated. You can make a donation here: ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/donate