A Carlisle Fixer, who has Asperger’s syndrome, hopes educating people on the condition will end misunderstandings about the developmental disability.
Bullied through school, Jade Foster was diagnosed two years ago and is concerned many people fail to recognise the condition’s complexities.
‘Growing up was difficult,’ says the 24-year-old. ‘Because people didn’t get me, they found it easier to poke fun and thought I was stupid.
‘People with Asperger’s syndrome often see the world differently to others and sometimes behave in a way many aren’t used to. But that’s not a bad thing.
‘While some find communication difficult, others are extremely creative and have above average IQs.
‘My campaign is about helping people to better understand the syndrome so they realise we’re no different to anyone else.’
Jade has helped create an informative leaflet with Fixers so people become more aware about the condition.
It explains what the syndrome is and gives readers useful information on how to interact with those who have Asperger's.
‘I’m very pleased with the final design,’ says Jade. ‘I wanted it to be light-hearted and positive, because we don’t want people to feel sorry for us.
‘Its main purpose is to gently inform readers that we’re not aliens and can be approached.’
Click here to see Jade's Fixers leaflet.
The Fixer, whose story also featured on ITV News, wants to distribute the leaflets in local schools, colleges and doctors' surgeries.
She explains: ‘I want to thank Fixers for all their help. This whole experience has not only been great for spreading my message, but it’s helped me to better understand myself.
‘Being born with Asperger’s wasn’t a choice - it can happen to anyone.
‘I hope my campaign will inspire people to accept me for who I am and not be so quick to pass judgement.’
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