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Living with autism and coming from an ethnic minority background

My work with children is the most rewarding part of my life.

Those who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder face various obstacles as they go through life.

As many will struggle with socialising and communicating with others, it can be hard for them to develop relationships and make their thoughts and feelings clear.

Further issues come to light when an autistic person comes from an ethnic minority background – and this is something Manpreet Kaur, Director of Projects at children’s special educational needs charity Hope and Compassion, knows all too well.

According to the National Autistic Society, individuals and families from BME backgrounds can face additional difficulties due to cultural and language barriers and the stigma that surrounds autism in some communities.