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Personal information cards for people with autism

People on the autistic spectrum may have social and communication difficulties. Currently, public awareness of the difficulties experienced by such individuals, even among professionals, is poor. Around the country there are schemes to provide "Autism Alert Cards".

Liam's video CV demonstrates how someone with autism can use video to help others see beyond the disability

Liam Robertson is 20 years old and has autism. He has a passion for film and would like to pursue a career in the theatre.

He attends Scottish Youth Theatre and works part-time in a Barnardo's shop in Glasgow.

In this video Liam talks about his interests and aspirations and presents a monologue from Citizen Kane.

Find out how we made this video.

Autism: from diagnosis to development to independence and a career…

Liam Robertson is 20 years old and has autism. His parents talk about Liam's passion for the theatre and the support they received to help Liam develop independence and obtain an NVQ2 in customer service. They also talk about the difficulties encountered in obtaining a diagnosis and their aspirations for his future.

I think any child who has autism, their parents should make use of all the services – it’s surprising just what’s out there, what’s available to various people.  But you have to actually go searching for it and take everything on, listen to people.

A social worker explains how video can help us 'see beyond the disability'

'People with disabilities have all sort of skills and abilities and that's what needs to be promoted. We need to get beyond seeing the disability, and I think video's a really good way of doing it.'

Professor Christopher Gillberg, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Gotherberg.

Fred Stone Memorial Conference. Child and Mental Health Law, Glasgow, 7 May 2010.

Val Cumine, Senior Educational Psychologist, Lancashire County Council. Talking About Autism: Scottish Autism Toolbox conference. Friday 29th May 2009, Jordanhill, Glasgow.

Charlene Tait and Lisa Glashan. Talking About Autism: Scottish Autism Toolbox conference. Friday 29th May 2009, Jordanhill, Glasgow.

Alison Leask is Chair of Autism Argyll and a teaching associate at the National Centre for Autism Studies at the University of Strathclyde. She recently worked at NES developing information resources for parents and participated in curriculum development for NHS staff. She is a parent of a young man with Asperger Syndrome. What do we all need to know about children? Defining a multi-professional learning agenda. Friday 16 November 2007.