My older brother suffers from severe autism, meaning he requires constant care.
Through life, this has been difficult at times, but it has been especially difficult when I see the abuse he receives from other people.
But, because he cannot communicate effectively, he does not realise he is being mocked. This made me wonder - how would he cope if he could understand he was being bullied, and how do other young people with milder forms of autism survive mocking?
So to stop people knocking the confidence of young people with autism, I am holding a creative arts event to give confidence to young people with autism, and to show other young people that autism does not mean you deserve to be segregated, bullied, or treated any differently to anybody else.
Thank you to the following for helping me with this project:
My event took place at Truro Library and was attended by around 15 young people who helped create the aspiration tree.
Also at the event was George Eustice MP for Camborne and Redruth, and Sarah Newton MP for Truro and Falmouth. Sarah even featured my event on her website - click here to read the article.
George Eustice MP:
'It’s been a fantastic project and it’s a real credit to Alice for all the great work she’s done to bring this together. She’s got personal experience of somebody with autism so is very well aware that activities like this can help build their confidence. I find it really interesting it to be here today and think it’s fantastic that a 17-year-old has taken the initiative to come up with a project like this.'
Sarah Newton MP:
'I was pleased to be invited to come along to see first-hand Alice’s project as a Fixer. It’s a really moving story about how she was really upset by the treatment of her brother who has autism, and how Alice wanted to do something about it. It has given the young people the opportunity to get together and through working with art and being creative to feel safe and secure in a kind environment where they can gain some confidence. I think Alice is an inspiration – studying hard for exams but still finding time to help other people. I really hope that other young people in Cornwall will be inspired and come forward to be Fixers in their communities.'