PUBLIC SECT0R: Disabilities Trust steps up autism awareness drive

The Disabilities Trust is to step up its year-long autism awareness campaign ahead of a conference on the issue later this year.

The push is timed for the run-up to the trust's national conference, called Ages of Autism, in London on 21 November.

Promotional activity will include highlighting the lack of special care available for autistic prisoners and the plight of elderly carers.

The campaign by the Sussex based trust will be overseen by external affairs director James Rye.

Earlier this year the trust released a video, Taking Up The Challenge, aimed at politicians and education professionals and making the case for extra resources.

Rye's post was created last year as part of the Trust's attempts to become more of a campaigning body while continuing its service provision.

This month the trust entered the product placement arena for the first time, hiring specialist placement firm New Media Group.

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