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Stories from the Spectrum: Sam and Angela

"Society is much more open to talking about autism. I hope it can continue."

Angela, mum to Sam, an autistic man and keen gardener

When Sam was diagnosed 28 years ago, I don’t think the public understood autistic people at all. Now, when I talk about Sam or people meet him, people say things like ‘my sister is autistic’ or ‘my friend has an autistic child.’ If Sam had a meltdown in public, for example on a shop floor, people would make negative comments and I felt as though our family was apologising all the time. Now, people are much more understanding. Society is much more open to talking about autism as I feel it’s more publicised. I hope it can continue.

"Now, people are much more understanding. Society is much more open to talking about autism as I feel it’s more publicised. I hope it can continue."