Sunday, 1 September 2013

A draft letter that can be customised for writing to the media on Aspergers Advocacy

There are many ways of engaging the community for the purpose of Advocating Asperger's Syndrome(AS)/High Functioning Autism(HFA) such as starting a social group for people with HFA/AS or fundraising for a charity that is focused on helping people on the spectrum. The following is to give you ideas on how to approach the media and other people so you you come across clear and people understand what you are about.

Introduction paragraph.
This will tell people about the event or group or similar that you are going to be doing.
Something like:
To (name),

I am writing this letter to inform you about a social group that I am setting up for Adults with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) and High Functioning Autism (HFA). I myself have the condition and want to help others and myself with feel socially included and feel less like the odd-one-out.

Include a bit of information on what AS/HFA is

Asperger’s syndrome is a hidden disability. Physically, individuals appear perfectly normal. Their cognitive intelligence is average or higher. Yet they have great difficulty interpreting everyday social cues such as facial expressions or body language. As a result, they often impinge on others. Typically, they stand too close, interrupt conversations and continue to speak whether or not anyone is interested. Unfortunately as not many people know about the condition this causes us to often be ostracised from many people.

Write about the group/event you are hosting:

The group will have its first meeting at (place) (time). Any interested people are welcome to attend.

Thanks for reading (conclusion)

Thank-you for taking the time for reading my correspondence. Please let me know if you have any queries and I hope that you will be able to support my group by advertising it in (name of media).

Yours Sincerely

Benjamin Wilshire

(also dont forget to put your contact details in so they contact you)

I hope you find this post provides a bit of an idea of how to write a letter to Advocate Asperger's and would love you to leave a comment if you have any ideas on this.

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