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BBC Radio Manchester release series I produced for Autism Awareness Week

4 April 2019

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I am thrilled to announce BBC Radio Manchester have released the digital-video autism series I produced earlier this year.

Devised, filmed and edited over the last three months, the videos will mark Autism Awareness Week, shedding light on those with the neurological condition that affects 700,000 people in the UK.

The National Autistic Society describes autism as a "lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them."

Presented by award-winning radio presenter Louise Croombs, the first of the videos tries to unearth the 'truth about autism' in just 90 seconds. Shot across Greater Manchester, Louise explains how autism affects her and some of the problems autistic people face on a daily basis.

We wanted the remaining films to explore two autistic people trying to find their place in the world. After a fair bit of digging, we found two inspirational people.

Thomas, a uni student, was keen to tell his story of anxiety and panic attacks to the world, despite being a Commonwealth gold-medallist in taekwondo.

Aspiring drummer Meg, just 15, wanted people to recognise girls can be on the spectrum too. Despite being sensitive to noise, Meg successfully helped navigate her band MU23 to glory at the GM Hub Rock and Pop Showcase 2019 in February, winning Best Band.

It was great to work with Louise on the series and I couldn't have done it without her support. We completed the project by appearing on BBC Radio Manchester with Mike Sweeney to discuss our experiences and the series. You can listen here.

You watch the whole series here and find out more about autism here.

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