Monday, 27 February 2012
A Welcome Contribution To Scotland
Autism and Asperger's syndrome cause a multitude of problems, not only for the sufferer, but for their nearest and dearest.
Many years ago now I met, through the course of my work, a 12-year-old boy who had severe difficulty communicating with his peers. His parents were frantic for help and because little was understood about autism at that time, they spent energy blaming themselves. I've no idea if they found suitable help but I'm sure they would be delighted to know of recent developments in this field.
There's a heartwarming story here of how the technical director of a Danish communications company wouldn't take no for an answer from professionals and set up a company which hires autistic people and places them in projects. Already he has offices in Iceland, Switzerland and Scotland and plans to open an office in Germany this year.
But, like many problems, by far the best way is to tackle them early and it's pleasing to note the Scottish government, along with COSLA, have invested £13.4m to help those diagnosed with autistic conditions.
I wish Specialisterne Scotland every success here. Their projects are mainly associated with the IT industry and that can only grow.