The National Autistic Society of Great Britain have responded to Susan Boyle (SuBo’s) candid interview in the Observer about her Asperger’s Syndrome diagnosis last year.
In Britain it is thought that thousands of adults, especially female adults remain undiagnosed. As Autism Daily Newscast reported yesterday Ms Boyle, who won the competition Britain’s got talent in 2010 explained that it was a huge relief having a name for her condition as she had always been told that she was brain damaged after receiving too little Oxygen during birth.
Today, the NAS Chief Executive Mark Lever released a statement regarding Ms Boyle. He said:
“Asperger syndrome is a form of autism, which affects the way a person communicates with, and relates to others. Diagnosis can be a critical milestone for people with the condition, which, as Susan said, can be a relief, providing an explanation for years of feeling ‘different’. It can also offer a gateway to identifying appropriate support, and without it many people may find it difficult to access the help they need.“By revealing her diagnosis Susan has played an important role in bringing the issue of autism to the nation’s attention. Autism can have a profound and sometimes devastating effect on individuals and families, but public understanding and support can make a huge difference.”