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Scheme launched for autistic people in Bucks

People with learning disabilities will also be helped as the lockdown lifts.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 2:23pm 28th May 2020. (Updated at 5:25pm 28th May 2020) 3-minute read.

Scheme launched for autistic people in Bucks

Residents in Buckinghamshire will be helped by a new scheme. 

Buckinghamshire Disability Service has worked with Thames Valley police to launch a scheme as lockdown restrictions ease. 

Austitic people, and those with learning disabilities, can struggle with the restrictions in place and a letter may be to solution.

Things like social distancing, wearing a mask can cause problems for some people. While others can be distressed if those around them are not following the rules. 

Others may have particular needs, for example they need to exercise in a particular place or at a specific time. 

These things can cause conflict with other people who do not understand the person and their needs. 

A particular issue can be possible trouble with police, causing distress for all involved.

To try and limit this BuDS has worked with TVP have created a scheme where an official letter can be provided. 

This letter is available to disabled people, their immediate family members and carers, and it will explain their situation and requirements. 

Liz Hobbs, who helped set up the scheme, said:

"BuDS has heard from lots of parents of autistic and learning-disabled young people, and from autistic people themselves, about the particular issues they have with social distancing rules and additional exercise needs. We are a charity which looks to remove barriers facing disabled people, and it was clear that giving people an official letter from BuDS would be an easy way to help defuse situations and give disabled people reassurance."

BuDS Chair of Trustees, Andrew Clark, added:

"The letters are a way for people to instantly explain their situation to others who may not understand why people are behaving differently or in a way which seems unusual. We have spoken to Thames Valley Police about the letters, so police officers will recognise and accept them if necessary. Disabled people have to have confidence that they can go out without unnecessary conflict arising from peoplefs lack of understanding, and these letters will help build that confidence."

The letters are free and can be obtained from BuDS by calling 01494 211179 or e-mailing buds-support@buds.org.uk.

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