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Alex relives her harrowing times

PUBLISHED: 20:16 13 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:37 05 July 2010

A WOMAN has spoken out about the difficulties of living with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, as campaigners call for more care for adults with autism.

A WOMAN has spoken out about the difficulties of living with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, as campaigners call for more care for adults with autism.

At a meeting held by the National Autistic Society (NAS) in Lowestoft, a representative from Suffolk County Council pledged to meet groups to discuss what services are needed.

Alex Day, from Lowestoft, spoke about her own harrowing personal experiences living with autism.

“When I was a baby I never cried and would just stare at people. At school people picked on me and I would hit back, freak out and then run away because I was so ashamed. I wouldn't just lose my temper but completely black out, I just had no idea what I was doing,” said Ms Day.

“I had an IQ of 158 and was told I should fly at high school but I crashed very spectacularly. I tried to kill myself for the first time when I was 14, I couldn't work out what was wrong with me and why I was so different.

“I got a place at university but things fell apart again. I was on my own and had no idea about finance, these skills did not come naturally to me. I ended up homeless and with no money.

“I got married, as I thought that was what I was supposed to do, and had a son. At six he was diagnosed with Asperger's and looking back they realised it had come from me.”

The NAS revealed the results of a national survey highlighting the need for more help for people with autism and their carers at the meeting held at the Stella Maris Hall, in Gordon Road, on Thursday, last week.

Jane Vaughan, regional co-ordinator for the NAS, said: “Children with autism become adults with autism. Services in Suffolk need to be ready for these young people coming through whose parents have high expectations of the care they will receive.

“We need to get the message out that children will not grow out of autism and it makes such a difference when the right services are in place.”

Contact the new NAS regional officer, Beverley Price, on 07919912947 or visit www.think-differently.org.uk.

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