Where would we be without sponsors? A big thank you to local Tavistock businessman Paul Cowling for helping us to promote this great cause!
Action4autism website was is set up to help , support and signpost parents who have their children diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder , Aspergers Syndrome and other similar conditions.
I started this website as when my son Paul was diagnosed with severe ASD in December 2003 my wife Sheena and I were at a complete loss as to what to do and really needed help.
The stress and problems that go with a child with this condition are vast and you can only really understand the condition if you live with it.
The goal of this website will be to be supportive to parents and carers of these children and adults but also bring humour and hopefully joy when we learn to accept the condition and see it as a gift and something truly wonderful.
I can honestly say those first years nearly killed us as the constant disruption , mess , lack of sleep , damage and chaos were our life! Yes all of us , including our other children who I have to say have been amazing.
I will tell our story on a separate page of this website but I really do hope that people go on here do take something out of it in a positive way.
The one thing that we have learnt is you can’t fight the autism , you just go with it no matter how hard or crazy it is and hopefully you can come out the other side and laugh about your experiences and enjoy this very special human being you have been given.
As an ordinary dad I am putting this information together with what I have learnt and I hope others who visit Action4autism will pass on their stories and other helpful information. Which will then be a mind of information that can create positive messages to those people who are in an awful mess and feel helpless and alone.
Please pass this website on to others and I hope it grows and becomes a huge help.
Allen Lewis ,a dad who has learnt to love autism