Scottish Autism is a national autism charity that exists to help those diagnosed with autism to lead full and enriched lives and become valuable members of their communities. We are proud that it is our National Charity Partner for Season 2017/18.
Autism affects approximately 1 in 100 people. It is a lifelong condition which affects the way a person communicates, interacts and processes information.
The way the condition presents in an individual can vary from person to person. While some people will have more subtle difficulties, others will have very complex needs requiring more intensive support.
We have pledged to raise £20,000 to help pay for the charity's advice line and to create a social area in its new residential service Founders House.
The Scottish Autism Advice Line offers a direct first response to individuals and families often in crisis looking for information, advice and support. The donation will ensure that around 500 families across the country will be able to speak with an advisor trained and experienced in working with people on the autism spectrum.
Founders House, which is due to open in Alloa in 2018, will provide accommodation which meets the specific care needs of adults with autism from across Scotland who may live with other health related issues such as Parkinson’s, limited mobility or sight loss. The Rangers Charity Foundation will fund a new social area within the building as well as purchasing specialist furniture and equipment.
Established in 1968 Scottish Autism is the largest provider of autism-specific services in Scotland and a leading authority and advocate for good autism practice.
It provides a range of services for children and adults all over Scotland and is committed to raising awareness and understanding of autism among the general public to ensure autistic people are understood and accepted in the community.
Its services for adults include day and vocational, outreach, supported living, respite and transition. For younger people the charity has a specialist school for autism in Alloa, New Struan School.
Karen Wilson, Fundraising Manager at Scottish Autism, said: “We are delighted to form this partnership with Rangers Charity Foundation, which will significantly bolster our fundraising efforts for our Advice Line and Founders House in the year ahead.
“The Advice Line helps hundreds of families and individuals across Scotland every year, providing essential information and advice. This support is especially important in helping address the many questions and concerns that often arise when someone first receives a diagnosis.
“We are hugely grateful for this support and the platform it affords us to raise awareness and understanding of autism amongst the general public. We also applaud the wider progress made within the Rangers organisation to make football more inclusive to autistic people through initiatives such as Broxi’s Den.”
With Scottish Autism celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018 the 2017/18 Season is a great time for the charity to be the National Partner of the Foundation.
Rangers Charity Foundation Director Connal Cochrane commented: “We hope to raise important funds for the charity and help our supporters to learn more about autism.
“Scottish Autism’s vision is to enable people living with autism in Scotland to lead full and enriched lives and become valuable members of the community. Our supporters, through the Rangers Disability Matters Group, have previously raised thousands of pounds to create Broxi’s Den at Ibrox, a facility that allows supporters with complex learning difficulties and sensory challenges such as autism to enjoy matches at the Stadium, so I am sure they will relish the opportunity to support Scottish Autism as the Foundation's National Charity Partner."
To find out more about Scottish Autism visit its website at scottishautism.org.