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Championing autism in BAME communities

PICTURED: Co-founder and CEO of Autism Voice International Mariama Korrca Kandeh

AUTISM VOICE UK in partnership with the London Southbank University (LSBU) and the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC) organised a one-day symposium on the topic Autism in Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community.

The event, which took place April 24, focused on diverse approaches to autism, culture, religion, ethnicity and paving the future for Autism in BAME.

The goal of the symposium was to create a better understanding of the cultural, religious and ethnic influence on the way autism is approached, perceived and embraced by the BAME community and how to link it with the gaps and challenges in establishing and strengthening an effective communication strategy to the community.

“The purpose of the symposium was to also have frank and open discussions on the objective and themes with a view to formulating a concrete action plan”, says so-founder and chief executive officer Mariama Korrca Kandeh.

“The discussion also focused on the identification and development of a sustainable plan towards the acceptance and recognition of people with Autism and other related disorders and their families within the community especially in religious settings,” she said.

After series of deliberations between the three organisations, it was agreed that the topic and two themes were timely in addressing new and emerging autism challenges within the BAME community.

Head of Research, Higher Degrees and Student Experience, Division of Education at LSBU Professor Nicola Martin lauded the efforts of Autism Voice UK in working to organise the symposium. She described the outcomes of the event as excellent.

Autism Voice UK works with people (children/adults) with the Autism Spectrum Condition and their families in different communities in London.

Their goal is to end the stigma and discrimination of people and families affected by autism in the different cultural communities within the UK.

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