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"We want to be accepted": Harrogate man's message during Autism Awareness Week

"We want to be accepted": Harrogate man's message during Autism Awareness Week

Published at 6:48am 1st April 2019.

To mark Autism Awareness Week, a Harrogate man with Asperger's Syndrome is raising awareness of the condition. 

  • 20-year-old Jackson Prince was diagnosed with asperger's aged 8 
  • He's been speaking to Stray FM to raise awareness 
  • It's estimated around 70,000 adults and children in the UK have autism
  • This week is Autism Awareness Week, which aims to raise money and awareness

20-year-old Jackson Prince from Harrogate was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome aged 8. 

He's been speaking to Stray FM to mark Autism Awareness Week

It's estimated around 70,000 adults and children in the UK have autism. 

World Autism Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of the condition and fundraise for charities such as The National Autistic Society

Jackson wants more people to understand what it's like to be autistic. 

He said: 

"We're different, but we're unique.

"Most of us want to be creative and express our creativity and primarily be accepted by society. 

"Usually autistic people have what's called a social battery.

"We like interacting with other people but if we spend too much time we can get exhausted, and we want to recharge said social battery."

Whilst the condition can cause anxiety and difficulty reading social situations, some autistic people have high IQs.

Jackson says they have a lot to offer society. 

He added: 

"We've actually got very famous people who are either confirmed autistic or theoretically autistic.

"Einstein, Newton, Bill Gates, Alan Turing.

"We want to be among you and make your world a better place."

You can hear more on Stray FM's Health and Wellbeing Show on Tuesday 2nd April from 7pm.