APRIL is National Autism Awareness Month, a platform designed to promote understanding of the condition that affects around 700,000 men, women and children in the UK. If you include their families, autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people. There is a fresh edge to the campaign this year in that the ultimate goals now are acceptance and appreciation. It is OK to be different and those differences can actually be strengths, is the twin-pronged message.
WE don’t all like trains. We’re not all good at maths and we’re not all Rain Man. This is just one of the 50 phrases collated by Allendale photographer Colin Potsig for a newspaper accompanying his exhibition, You, Me and Autism currently showing at Newcastle’s Side Gallery.