New ‘Highland Autism Improvement Group’ Launched in Scotland

The Highlands, Scotland – Singer Susan Boyle 52 who revealed this week that she has recently been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome has inspired a new Autism group entitled ‘Highland Autism Improvement Group.’

Jenna Conti reports in Highland News that local experts say that late diagnosis is not uncommon with many individuals being the victims of life long bullying. This can lead to low self-image and mental health problems.

The service aims to promote the profile of Autistic Spectrum Disorders as well as improving the services that support both the individual and carers.

NHS Highland, Highland Council, Autism Rights Group Highland (ARGH), the National Autistic Society Scotland (NAS), Autism Carers Groups, Autism Initiatives and Employment Services have formed the Highland Autism Improvement Group

Highland News reports Kabie Brook from ARGH as saying:

“In Highland, having a self-referral route to diagnosis and sensitivity to those who cannot rely on a parent to contribute to the diagnostic process has been extremely helpful…It has meant that many, including older people, have increased access to diagnosis which has improved their lives.”

The original article in the Highland News can be read here