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Autism East Midlands Marks 50th Anniversary
Tuesday, 13 Mar 2018
In 1968, with the support of renowned psychologist Elizabeth Newson, a remarkable group of parents started the charity
which would become Autism East Midlands. They opened Sutherland House School to provide the education that no one
else could offer support to children on autism spectrum.
In the 50 years since, the organisation has grown to be the largest specialist autism charity in the East Midlands, providing services for both adults and children, and improving the quality of life for thousands of families.
Every year the charity provides tens of thousands of hours of highly-specialized support to families affected by autism.
Its individually-tailored support, education and training enables people with autism to live independent, fulfilling lives.
Jane Howson, CEO of Autism East Midlands, says: “This is an exciting year for Autism East Midlands as we are celebrating 50 years in supporting people on the autism spectrum. We are celebrating in many ways this year, trying to encourage everyone who has an association with the organisation, from our students and service users, staff, supporters and local businesses to be involved.”
Highlights of a programme of events and campaigns this year to mark the charity's 50th include:
• March 2018: The Retro Run - a fundraising retro-inspired 5K run for the whole family to get involved through the grounds of Kellham Hall, in Newark.
• May 2018: Autism East Midlands Sport’s Day Challenge will see staff, service users and supporters take part in array of fun and
sporty challenges (to be held in May 2018) open to Autism East Midlands only.
• September 23rd, 10am-6pm at Lea Green Development Centre: Spectrum will be an all-inclusive festival which will aim to inform and educate the public about autism all whilst retaining the fun and atmosphere that a festival brings.
• October / November 2018: Autism East Midlands Art Exhibition will showcase an array art created by our students, service users and staff, the exhibition will showcase an array of art and creativity inspired by our 50th anniversary year and what autism means.
• October 2018: 50th Anniversary Ball in Nottinghamshire to honour the charity's work for the last 50 years.
• December 2018: A Christmas Fayre will be held in Nottingham City Centre with staff, students and service users hosting a seasonal market place, with additional fun activities and fairground inspired rides.
For more information on any of these events, go to: www.autismeastmidlands.org.uk