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University supports World Autism Awareness Week with Q & A from local author Andrew Edwards

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An autistic author who has gone on to achieve great things has shared his life experiences to mark World Autism Awareness Week.

Local author Andrew Edwards recently gave a question and answer session at Wrexham Glyndŵr University focusing on his new book I’ve Got a Stat For You: My Life with Autism.

At the event Andrew was asked questions by Conservative Party AM candidate for Wrexham, Andrew Atkinson, who helped organise the event and by members of the audience, which featured people with autism or parents of an autistic child. 

Wrexham’s National Autistic Society (NAS) Branch who also helped organise the event revealed 99 per cent of people in the UK have heard of autism but only 16 per cent of autistic people and their families said the public understands how it affects behaviour.

Andrew was diagnosed with autism at four-years-old, and has since gone on to pursue a successful career in his dream job as a statistician at Manchester United Television.

Asked about whether he thinks there is more awareness of the condition and support, Andrew said: "Even though only 16 per cent know what Autism really is we’ve actually come a long way from when I was younger, so there is much better awareness now."  

Speaking about the successful event, Mr Atkinson said "Andrew was just amazing, he was frank and honest, funny and straightforward and inspired a lot of people, the feedback I've had has been superb. Andrew wanted to do this event as part of World Autism Awareness Week and didn't want to charge so that he could have no obstacle to raising awareness, as such the event would not have been possible without the support of Wrexham Glyndŵr University."

I've Got A Stat For You: My Life With Autism is available from Amazon and Waterstones in Wrexham, for £9.99, or on Kindle for £6.99.

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