In 2012 Kate Laine-Toner set up Bristol Autism Support. This is a support group that helps families affected by autism. Ms Laine-Toner’s daughter Emily, was diagnosed with autism at two and-a-half. Emily is now 5 and attends a specialist school.
“As Emily was so young, we did not know what was going to happen – where she would go to school, or where she would work.
“But I learned there’s an incredible amount of support for parents of autistic children in Bristol. I learned how incredibly important it is for parents of autistic children to talk to each other.”
500 people are members of the support group’s Facebook page.