I met Will in 2016 when I was working for a not-for-profit organization. LWA was a client of the charity and occasionally there were meetings with Will to discuss potential business opportunities. Although LWA was a start-up back then, I could see the potential of the business. This is mainly because of Will and his passion to help other people in a similar situation to him. Having gone through a lot in his childhood and adult life, Will was very committed in fighting and advocating for the rights of people with Asperger's and helping them receive appropriate support.
ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) is a condition that modifies the way people interact socially; how they communicate with one another, their interests and their behaviour. Common disorders on this scale are Asperger's syndrome and high functioning autism. ASD usually begins in childhood but the effects cannot be seen until a major change takes place, such as the changing of schools or moving to a different house.
Exclusion from society, can it be justified and what is the true impact?
It is universally acknowledged that every person, irrespective of their identity, should be treated equally, and this is also stipulated by the Equality Act of 2010. However, there are instances in which autistic people are made to feel abandoned by society and unable to access support. At LWA, we believe it is important to shine visibility on the hidden difficulties faced by the autistic community and put measures in place which are accommodating and enable them to access every available opportunity.