Local autism campaigner nominated for Pride of Reading Award

Autism campaigner and film-maker Carly Jones has been nominated for the Community Champion title in the 2016 Pride of Reading Awards.

Carly, who has two daughters on the autism spectrum and was herself diagnosed with Asperger syndrome as an adult, also runs an academy to support home-educated children with autism.

She told the Get Reading website:  “I am very proud to be nominated for a Pride of Reading award – it means a great deal as it supports and raises the subject of education and girls on the autistic spectrum, a vital cause that really needs as much clout and support behind it as possible in order to create parity.”

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Among the other nominees for a Pride of Reading award this year is Leslie MacDonald, the chairman of Reading Mencap, who was one of the group of parents who founded the Berkshire Autistic Society – now Autism Berkshire – in 1990. Click here for more details.

The Pride of Reading awards celebrate exceptional courage, standards and success from individuals and businesses across Reading. The winners will be announced on November 4 at a ceremony hosted by TV presenter Chris Tarrant.