New Autism Support Group Launched

A new support group for people with autism, their families and carers in Henley has been launched.

The group was started by Dr Philip Unwin, from the Hart Surgery where two meetings were held last month.  He said, “I wanted to start something that enabled families who are affected by autism to get some mutual support from people who understand them. The nearest group before this was in Abingdon. There are probably around 250-300 people in Henley who are suffering from autism or are somewhere on the autistic spectrum so there’s a real need.”

The group held their first open drop-in session last week on Thursday at King’s Arm Barn where attendees shared their experiences, advice and challenges they or the member’s of their families face.  Lucy Herbert from Rivertime Boat Trust was invited to come and talk to the group about the charity which offers boat trips on the river on a specially adapted, wheelchair accessible passenger boat.  The group discussed other ideas on what the group could offer and ideas for future meetings.

The group will meet on the second Thursday of every month between 1-3pm at King’s Arm Barn.  The next one is on Thursday 9 May.

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  1. wireless waffler says:

    Great article. As a husband of a wife,son, and daughter with Autism (Asperger Syndrome), I would like to point out that people do not “suffer from Autism” they are born with the condition. My wife suggested a group to the Hart Surgery some years ago and I am pleased that one has finally been set up. Dr Unwin has done a great thing for the community and we are all grateful to him for helping us to set up this facility.

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