As part of World Autism Awareness Month, a group of local parents are launching Tooting’s first Autism Fayre, at Tooting Leisure Centre, in April.
The fayre will offer workshops, sensory products, professional advice and stalls for children and young adults with autism and other conditions and their parents.
A new extended WAND+ card will also be launched at the fayre for young adults aged 18-25.
The card can be carried by people with autism, special needs, disabilities and other conditions and allows users discounts at a range of shops and facilities.
According to Issop Koheeallee, one of the parents involved in the autism fayre: “The card also enables people with autism, which is often an invisible condition, to discreetly let others know about the challenges they are facing”.
Several local shops and cafes offer discounts to people carrying the WAND+ card, parking at St Mary’s and St George’s is free, as are leisure activities for card carriers and their carers at Tooting Leisure Centre.
According to Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting: “This fayre is an excellent way for parents of children with autism to learn more about the services and support that are available to them. Too often, parents and children feel isolated by a diagnosis of autism and so the outreach offered by this group is vital to ensure carers and individuals get the support they need”.
The fayre will take place on 26 April from 10:30am until 3pm at Tooting Leisure Centre, Greaves Place, SW17 0NE. Admission is free and more information is available by calling 07424792704 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.