According to a new report commissioned by Ambitious about Autism’s Youth

Patrons, four out of five young people with autism have experienced mental health issues.

The research forms part of a project undertaken by the young people to promote an understanding of what wellbeing looks like for children and young people with autism. In particular the project focuses on how a ‘normal day’ for someone with autism might be very different from that of a neurotypical person. The project promotes the idea that when anyone’s behaviour changes from their own normal that could be a sign that something is wrong, and an indication that you should seek help. The research asked young people how they felt normally and what their experiences of mental health were. The report, Know your normal: young people with autism’s experience of mental health, highlights the following findings: • 76% said that when they are not experiencing mental health issues they believed they felt more under strain than their non-autistic peers.

• Only 4% are extremely confident in knowing who to ask for help if they are experiencing a mental health issue. • Two thirds of young people said that if they did ask for help they had little or no confidence they would get what they need.

• 90% felt uncomfortable disclosing mental health issues to education professionals. The report outlines three key points young autistic people believe will make the biggest difference to their experience of mental health:

- They must have support identifying and communicating how they feel. - To reduce stigma and increase the knowledge around mental health and autism. - They must be able to find and access suitable support when they need it.

To support these changes, the Youth Patrons have created a number of resources including a toolkit, a stigma-busting animation and training for education, social care and health professionals. They hope the resources will help everyone working with young people with autism feel more confident intervening early, and understand that it is not inevitable that young people with autism should be unhappy.

For further information about the Know your Normal campaign, please visit or #knowyournormal

£60 million worth of supercars raise money for children’s charity


SUPERCARS with a combined value of almost £60 million took part in The Supercar Event at Dunsfold Park on

24-25 June, raising more than £100,000 for The Children’s Trust to help children with brain injury. Thousands of visitors

paid to take a passenger ride around the famous Top Gear track in supercars, including a Ferrari F40, McLaren 570GT, Ferrari 488 Spider, Ariel Nomad, Mercedes AMG GTR, Ferrari 458 Speciale, Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, Lamborghini Aventador SV and a Pagini Huarya that on its own is worth a cool £2 million. Celebrities including Shane Richie and Phil Tufnell

attended the event which is now in its 11th year, and enjoyed attractions such as displays from 1990 Benetton F1 car, Caterham Sevens, hovercrafts, Diggerland, Lexus LFA and a 4x4 course. The event was hosted by TV presenter Craig Phillips and racing driver Nick Whale.

Ability Needs Magazine Shane Richie, who went along to the event with his

family, said: “I love the Supercar Event – being taken out on the Top Gear track is superb and there’s so much to do. I went out in a Lamborghini and took the kids on a helicopter ride. Knowing it’s all for a good cause – helping The Children’s Trust – makes it extra special. Everyone had such a great time.” Dalton Leong, Chief

Executive at The Children’s Trust, said: “We’ve had some really special cars out on the track over the last two days and raised a fantastic amount to help children with brain injury. Every penny raised will

help us to provide specialist therapy, care and education for children with brain injury and neurological conditions. The generosity of our visitors and everyone who volunteers to make the event such a huge success never fails to amaze me, and is greatly appreciated. Watch this space for the date to The Supercar Event 2018.” To find out about The Supercar Event 2018, visit


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