15th Apr 2013
Changing Views on Autism
A Fixer, whose brother has endured years of bullying and misunderstanding due to his severe autism, has hosted an art workshop to bring others with the condition together.
Alice Lobb (17) from Redruth has grown up watching her brother be mocked for his condition – mockery which he cannot respond to because his autism means he cannot communicate effectively.
Alice wants to change the way people with autism are treated negatively by their peers, and hopes she can change the way people think about autism by touring schools to showcase the artwork completed by those at the workshop.
The workshop, held at Truro Library in Truro, saw young people with autism work together to create a ‘tree of aspirations’ which displays their ambitions, and the changes they want to how they are treated.
Alice explains: ‘I want to get young people with autism doing something positive, to make them feel better and to help others understand them.
‘Because of the way people treat people them, many of them have low self-esteem and feel down. No one deserves to feel like that. By touring schools, I hope I can showcase their creative side and show how they deserve to be treated better.’
Also in attendance at the event was George Eustice MP for Camborne and Redruth, and Sarah Newton MP for Truro and Falmouth, both of whom were impressed by Alice’s campaign.
The event also attracted local media attention from BBC Spotlight. You can watch the piece about the workshop by clicking this link.