Altrincham teenager to raise awareness of Asperger's Syndrome on ITV Granada Reports (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Altrincham teenager to raise awareness of Asperger's Syndrome on ITV Granada Reports
AN Altrincham teenager wants more people to understand what it’s like to live with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Jack Simmons, 19, has launched a campaign to raise awareness of Asperger’s, a form of autism, which affects how a person relates to other people and the world around them.
Jack faced ridicule at school, which made him very unhappy and he wants to show how Asperger’s affects him and help people to learn more about the condition.
So the teenager has teamed up with Fixers – a charity which supports young people tackle any issue that matters to them, however they choose – to get his message across.
A report about Jack’s Fixers campaign will feature on Granada Reports today, Thursday, from 6pm.
“My Fixers project is all about helping people to have a better understanding of Asperger’s Syndrome.
“One of the things I am trying to show is that we’re all the same, we just go through a few extra hurdles.
“I think patience is the key thing to deal with someone with Asperger’s,” said Jack.
“I didn’t speak until I was four and I was diagnosed with Asperger’s within the next couple of years.
“One thing that I do struggle with is body language. I can’t tell if someone’s annoyed with me, or happy or sad. Unless they’re making it really obvious, it’s a struggle.”
With the support of Fixers, Jack is creating a short film to show what it’s like to live with Asperger’s and also to highlight how others perceive him.
Visit fixers.org.uk for more information.
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