Why NAS?

The National Autistic Society

Like most people undertaking an event for a good cause, I went for a charity close to my heart.   NAS's work to raise awareness of autistic spectrum disorders has had a positive effect on our family life.

I had never heard of Asperger Syndrome before it was suggested by an astute teacher at our daughter's school as an alternative to the ADD label she had been ascribed in her first year at school.

We had always felt this diagnosis was incorrect and were keen to investigate any avenue that might negate the pressure to apply Ritalin as a universal panacea.

I don't mean to denigrate anyone who suffers from ADD or suggest that Ritalin is not a wholly suitable medication for some people.  However, ADD does seem to readily ascribed at a very early age these days and I often wonder which motivates a school more; the child's best interest or league table performance?

We found the information available from NAS both re-assuring and immensely helpful when seeking to get the health care professionals involved to re-evaluate their diagnosis, so our daughter would get the assistance appropriate for her condition.

We have never had cause to rely on the National Autistic Society in any way other than further studying of our daughter's condition from some of their publications and the web site.

However, by simply being there, NAS have made us feel that we are not alone and improved understanding of our daughter's condition (and the world from her perspective); NAS have given some welcome peace of mind and I am very happy to be able to give something back in return.