Thanks for taking the time to visit my fundraising page.

It is World Autism Awareness Week 26th March - 2nd April, and I am organising an “Old Fashioned Jumble Sale” & Family Fun Day 2-5pm and a Pink & Purple Party 7.30pm - 11.30pm ( tickets will be on sale soon ) Friday 30th March both at Westgate Ward Social Club Ipswich to help raise awareness and funds for this most deserved Charity. ( Autism Anglia )

Coincide of this, Our 7 year old Grandson Ollie is also organising his own event called “Onesie Wednesday” He has got his School on board and is trying to get other other Schools, Workplaces and Businesses to join in the fun by donating a few pennies to wear a onesie all day on Wednesday 28th March.He already has a retail store and two pre-school Nurseries involved!

If you would like to help by getting your School or workplace involved please let me know and I will send details or if you can help in any other way, I am asking for donations, anything big or small that you can contribute towards making it a great evening would be much appreciated.

We knew from an early age Ollie was special before he was 2 years old he was able to read and understand words written on a wipe board and by the time he was 3 he was writing his own name and counting to 100.
Ollie could also tell you every planet, star and galaxy there is in space, every little thing about them and would amaze you at the information his brain would store.

On the flip side, like many people with Autism, Ollie see’s the world differently to us, while we may find things easy, like making new friends, talking to people and communicating, Ollie finds difficult.
Ollie has a social interaction and communication disorder, he has difficulties with interpreting both verbal and non-verbal language like gestures or tone of voice. He has a very literal understanding of language, and think people always mean exactly what they say.He finds facial expressions, tone of voice, jokes and sarcasm difficult to understand.

Ollie has good language skills but finds it hard to understand the expectations of others within conversations, perhaps repeating what the other person has just said (this is called echolalia) or talking at length about his own interests.

It often helps to speak in a clear and consistent way and to give him time to process what has been said to him.
Ollie often has difficulty 'reading' other people - recognising or understanding others' feelings and intentions - and expressing his own emotions. This can make it very hard for him to navigate the social world. He may: appear to be insensitive, seek out time alone when overloaded by other people, not seek comfort from other people, appear to behave 'strangely' or in a way thought to be socially inappropriate or as some would say “naughty”.
Ollie finds it hard to form friendships and will rather latch onto one friend than a group.

He also has a sensory processing disorder which he experiences over or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light, colours, temperatures or pain. For example, he may find certain background sounds or smells which other people ignore or block out, unbearably loud or distracting. He also doesn’t like tags or textures, This can cause anxiety or even physical pain. Or he may be at times fascinated by lights or spinning objects.

He also has highly focused interests and can be anything from space to Pokemon, Minecraft and Dantdm, and any films, especially Harry Potter and the Fantastic Beasts.These are his main focus and thoughts and will sometimes control his conversation.

I am hoping if you did not know already that Autism is a lifelong developmental disability it is not an illness or disease and cannot be “cured”.

People who have autism often feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.

Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning difficulties, mental health issues and other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing.

Thank you for your donation x

Terri Bynoe