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Excitement over autism support group launched for Caerphilly.

NATIONAL Autistic Society Cymru (NAS Cymru) welcomed its 12th and newest branch in Caerphilly last Friday.

It was officially launched by local Assembly Member Jeff Cuthbert at Ty Penallta in Tredomen.

The packed event consisted of branch members, supporters, members of Caerphilly Borough Council and pS rofessionals in the field of autism. Among the speakers was Alex Lowery, a young man who spoke about his experiences with autism.

Nichola Coleman, chairwoman of the new branch, said: "We decided as Caerphilly Autism Family Support Group, that NAS Cymru had the same aims and principles as ourselves and it made sense that we became their newest branch. We will hold meetings and events and we will continue to campaign for individuals and families affected by autism.

"We are all really excited and looking forward to getting started."

Helena Bateman from NAS Cymru said: "The new Caerphilly branch are at the centre of their community and have so much drive and passion to support people with autism and their families.

"All NAS Cymru branches are run by parents, carers and people with autism in order to provide information and support to families. Out branches also get involved with fundraising and campaigning activities."

| If you are interested in joining the branch, please contact Nichola Coleman on 07923 015 211.

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| At the launch of the new autism support group for Caerphilly, from left, Aimee Parker, Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni, Michelle Fitton, deputy head Trinity Fields, leader of CASS Team, Ian Elliot, principal Trinity Fields, Jeff Cuthbert, Assembly Member for Caerphilly, Robert Keep, Caerphilly Adventures, Nichola Coleman, chairwoman, NAS branch Caerphilly, Helena Bateman, NAS Cymru, Nichola White, Snap Cymru, and Alison Jones, NAS Branch Caerphilly. Also attending was Jackie Elias, Service Manager Additional Learning Needs Service
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jun 27, 2013
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