At Scottish Autism, we dedicate ourselves to enriching the lives of people with autism. We exist to help those diagnosed with autism to lead full and enriched lives and become valuable members of the community they live in.
We were honoured to be selected by the Rangers Charity Foundation to become its National Charity Partner for Season 2017/18. As part of the partnership, the foundation has pledged to raise a fantastic £20,000 to help us fund some much needed services including our Autism Advice Line, which provides emotional and practical support to individuals with autism and their families, and to create a social area within our new residential service, Founders House. This new service, opening in Alloa in 2018, will provide accommodation for adults with autism who may live with other health related issues such as Parkinson’s, limited mobility or sight loss.
We recently spoke with Alfie, 11, and his mum Nicola, who were delighted that Scottish Autism was selected as the Foundation’s Charity Partner. Alfie has Asperger’s Syndrome and is a pupil at New Struan School, Scottish Autism’s independent day and residential school. Alfie and his family are huge football fans- with Rangers being their favourite team.
Football matches can be an exciting experience and a fun day out for adults and children alike. They are however, often busy and loud and this can feel overwhelming for someone on the autism spectrum.
Alfie has been a fan of the club since birth. Along with his siblings, his first items of clothing were Rangers kit. Alfie does struggle to maintain interests, but his love of Rangers is something that he can share with his family and friends. This, in turn, boosts his confidence and self-esteem.
Alfie loves attending football matches. He enjoys this singing and the excitement of the fans, as well as his half time pie and tea!
Scottish Autism are hugely grateful for the support from the Rangers Charity Foundation for significantly helping our fundraising efforts and providing us with a national platform to raise awareness and understanding of autism amongst the general public.