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In the Somali language there is no word for autism

“Autism Independence (AI) is a Bristol-based organisation which works with minority ethnic families and local authorities to help improve the quality of life for individuals living with autism. The word autism is not well understood in many communities and often leads to confusion and misinterpretation. For example, in the Somali language, there is no word for autism, and in our culture, direct eye contact is disrespectful. AI provides consultancy, tailored training and guidance for those in a range of professions to bridge the gap between families and providers. We help practitioners in education, social care and the health services deliver culturally sensitive support for families affected by autism to reach their potential.”

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Burges Salmon
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Quartet Community Foundation brings together people who want to help the local community with projects that make a real difference. Our main focus at Quartet Community Foundation is to change people’s lives for the better across the West of England. We are part of a national network of 46 quality accredited Community Foundations that match those who want to give money locally with those organisations and charities working to improve local communities.

Bristol Giving Day joins together businesses and local community causes to spread generosity across the city. One day in the year we strive to inspire extra charitable giving and right proper fun to make a big difference to local causes. Organised by Quartet Community Foundation with the support of the Bristol business community, Bristol Giving Day calls proud Bristolians to join together to love our city.

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