My name is Annie Hambleton and I have lived in North Devon for approximately 16 yrs. I have a 21 year old son who had a diagnosis of ASC & epilepsy from about the age of 7.
Our journey through assessments, diagnosis, education and medical examinations was a prolonged and very stressful time and those anxieties rippled through my whole family, and indeed my extended family.
I joined The Forum so I could talk to people in a similar position and gain some guidance and confidence from other parents and professionals.
As a Trustee of The Forum, I help at various events and at the monthly drop-in coffee mornings held at Roundswell Community Centre.
As my son is now 21, I am interested in areas such as supported education, employment, training and supported living. I continue to go forwards constantly learning about the possibilities and options that may be open to my son in the future.
I hope my experience and knowledge of bringing up a child with autism may help other parents and carers in the local area.