Libraries launch special book collection to support autism

PUBLISHED: 12:29 26 March 2018

A group of parents and siblings of children who have autism - all part of the Pinpoint parent support network – got a preview of the Cambridgeshire Autism Book Collection at Ely Library on Wednesday 21 March.

A group of parents and siblings of children who have autism - all part of the Pinpoint parent support network – got a preview of the Cambridgeshire Autism Book Collection at Ely Library on Wednesday 21 March.

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Cambridgeshire libraries is launching the ‘Cambridgeshire Autism Collection’ to mark the start of World Autism Awareness Week.

The library service has selected 30 titles which provide support for people with autism and their families and friends.

The books, written by people with autism and their family, share personal accounts and experiences. Other titles are written by healthcare and medical professionals who specialise in the field of autism.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Mathew Shuter said: “I am very proud of our new Cambridgeshire Autism collection, which provides useful medical and healthcare information as well as a valuable insight into the stories and experiences of people living with autism.

“One of the crucial roles our libraries play is to give people access to information and resources in areas such as health and well-being and help raise awareness of conditions such as autism.

“I hope this collection will be helpful to those who need it and anyone who is interested in finding out more about autism, which affects around 700,000 people in the UK.”

There are eight complete sets of the collection in Cambridgeshire located in Cambridge Central, Cambourne, Ely, Huntingdon, March, St. Ives, St. Neots and Wisbech libraries.

All titles in the collection will be available for loan from Monday 26 March and booklists will be accessible from every Cambridgeshire library and on www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/libraries.

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