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First Published Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Adam Godley

Actor Adam Godley, star of the West End stage version of ‘Rain Man’, joined the Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea, Councillor Joanna Gardner, to open The National Autistic Society’s flagship centre for people with autism in London on Thursday 6 November.


The Ladbroke Grove Autism Centre will provide much-needed help, support and information for children, young people and adults with autism and their parents and carers from across London. It will be a base for numerous projects, including youth clubs, play schemes, parent/carer support groups, social groups and employment and supported living advice.


Mark Lever, NAS Chief Executive said:


“Autism is a serious, lifelong and disabling condition, yet many people with the condition struggle to access the help they so desperately need. We are very excited about the launch of this centre, which will offer a safe and supportive environment for people with autism to develop their interests, confidence and independence. Autism is much more common than people think, so resources such as this are vital in helping people affected by autism achieve their full potential.”



Robyn Steward, a young woman with Asperger syndrome from London who spoke at the launch, said:


“People with autism can often feel isolated and ignored, so this centre is a lifeline for those of us living with this ‘hidden’ disability. The right help can make a huge difference and the fantastic support available here will go a long way in helping people with autism lead more independent and fulfilling lives.”


Facilities at the centre include a specialist information technology lounge, sensory room, activity and games room, training and drama room, art and craft area, teaching kitchen and communal garden.


The official opening was followed by an open afternoon for people with autism, their families, carers and professionals.


The new Ladbroke Grove Autism Centre is based at 73C St Charles Square, London, W10 6EJ. For more information about the Centre or its support groups and activities, please contact Samantha Lawrie on 020 8962 3010 or email LGautismcentre@nas.org.uk


Related Articles


“Rain Man Cast and Crew Visit NAS Service”:

http://www.aspie-editorial.com/2010/12/20/rain-man-cast-and-crew-visit-nas-service/


“Review:  Rain Man Onstage … Under The Spotlight”:
http://www.aspie-editorial.com/2010/12/20/review-rain-man-onstage-under-the-spotlight/


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