Cllr. Anna Groskop, Cabinet Member with responsibility for health at Somerset County Council, took out the first book to browse and read from the new library collection about living with autism.
Launched last week at Taunton Library the new Somerset Autism Collection is available from five large collections Taunton, Yeovil, Frome, Bridgwater and Williton libraries and 31 smaller collections in the other Somerset Library locations.
Cllr. Groskop was joined at the launch by people on the autistic spectrum, parents and carers, professionals, representatives from voluntary and community organisations; Somerset County Council, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG); Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Cllr. John Woodman.
Councillor Anna Groskop said: “Living well on the spectrum is one of our main aims for people on the autistic spectrum. I would encourage everyone interested in learning more about autism to browse through the book collection in the libraries or online and take their pick from the wide selection designed with everyone in mind. There is lots of information about autism and how to live with it on a daily basis.”
The Somerset Autism Collection provides a dedicated information resource for people with autism, their carers and families following a diagnosis, as well as professionals working with individuals living with autism. They also provide a resource to the general public who wish to find out more about autism. The collection can be reserved free of charge at any Somerset Library or at www.librarieswest.org.uk
Somerset Autism Collections have been funded by the Department of Health, and Somerset County Council has worked with a range of organisations, including Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and others which represent people with autism and their carers and families, in developing the collections.
For more information and an online booklist please visit www.somerset.gov.uk/autismcollection
To listen to BBC Somerset coverage of interviews with people living with autism, a wide range of local experts from the NHS, Somerset County Council and community and voluntary groups talking about the condition and raising awareness visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p036mbnl
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Cllr. Anna Groskop, Cabinet member with responsibility for health, Somerset County Council (holding book) and clockwise: Helen Brown, Somerset branch of NAS; Anne Nicklen, SCC Libraries; Glenn Northcott; Mark Hulland, Somerset branch of NAS; Shane Dangar, SCC; Deborah Howard, CCG / SCC; Campbell Main, Autism Somerset; Jackie Dunn, SCC Libraries
Cllr. Anna Groskop, Cabinet Member with responsibility for health at Somerset County Council picked out “Living well on the spectrum” by Valerie L. Gaus PhD.