Andy Blackham And Registered Manager Ashley Barrier Close

Residents and staff from a Southern Housing care home in Ryde have been getting on their bikes to mark Autism Acceptance Week.

The care home, called 22 Argyll Street which supports people with learning disabilities, organised a 10km cycle on an exercise bike to raise awareness and funds.

The riders were fuelled by tasty homemade cakes to celebrate the event and inspired by cheery decorations placed around the room. A total of £60 was raised, which will be donated to the National Autistic Society.

Caroline Owen And Learning Disability Worker, Jess Mcgaw

Ashley Barrier-Close, Registered Manager at 22 Argyll Street said: “Celebrating autism acceptance is not just about the individuals we support, it’s about coming together to truly change attitudes towards autism and promote acceptance.”

Autism Acceptance Week took place from 2-8 April this year. It aims to highlight the challenges and barriers faced by autistic people across society, in the health and social care systems, in education, in employment, and everywhere in between.

It wants to ensure that autistic people, and their families and carers, can access information, guidance, and support to overcome those barriers, along with opportunities to explore their interests, develop skills and build friendships for fulfilled lives.

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