All of the committee members of Autism Support Allerdale and Copleand (ASAAC) are volunteers who are parent carers of children with autism. We all understand the difficulties we face as parent carers, and are striving to create a better future for the autistic communuty of West Cumbria. We don't have any magic cures, but we can point you inthe right direction to get the help you need.
My name is Shirley, mum to Daniel whose main disability is his Blindness and was diagnosed with Autism when he was 13. I am joint chair for our support group which just keeps flourishing into something quite wonderful. I am chair for Cumbria Parent Carer Forum, parent rep for Contact a Family, SEND-IASS (supporting parents to get the right education for their children). I have been involved with disabilities for the past 40 years on a voluntary basis and enjoy every minute.
Hi I'm Wendy, I'm joint chair of this wonderful group. I have two grown up sons, Connor and his younger brother Kyle who has Autism, ADHD and OCD. The group has taken off since it’s started in September 2014 and I am extremely passionate about it. We may not know all the answers but we will always support and help where possible. I also volunteer for the Cumbria Parent carer forum and I'm studying a U Cert in autism studies Via distance learning with the university of Birmingham.
My name is Alex and I'm married with one daughter who has complex medical needs. I'm West Cumbrian born and bred and feel its important to support my local community. I've had the pleasure of being involved in a number of local charities in a voluntary capacity. I wanted to take on this role for the group, because I feel there is a real need for this support group to go forward and deliver real support, including training; and to act as advocates on behalf of other parents of SEND parents.