Southwick accountant to feature in autism campaign

Mark Bushby on one of the new campaign posters
Mark Bushby on one of the new campaign posters
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A SOUTHWICK man is one of 15 residents taking centre stage in a new autism awareness campaign.

People aged from five to 79 share their stories in a new poster campaign launched by West Sussex County Council.

Accountant Mark Bushby, 48, of Cromleigh Way, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, an autistic spectrum disorder, two years ago.

He said: “I lived my life without knowing I had Asperger’s but always knew something wasn’t right. Since being diagnosed, I have tried to embrace the condition and spread knowledge about it.

“What is good about the new posters is that while all of us featured have common traits, we are all very different people.”

The poster campaign launches today, to coincide with World Autism Day, and street events on the day will include South Street Square, Worthing, from 10am to 12.30pm.

Since being diagnosed, I have tried to embrace the condition and spread knowledge about it

Mark Bushby, 48, from Southwick

The Understanding Autism campaign aims to challenge common stereotypes and misconceptions. The posters show that autism is a ‘hidden’ condition that cannot be identified just by looking at someone.

Peter Evans, cabinet member for children, said: “Autism affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people and there is still a great deal of ignorance and misunderstanding about the condition.”

An estimated 9,000 people have autism in West Sussex – one in 100 people.