Children and adults in West Dunbartonshire diagnosed with autism are set to benefit from a new national support service aimed at helping them to understand and embrace their identity.

The service will provide online support on a range of issues, offer practical help and connect autistic people and their families with peers.

Backed by £250,000 of Scottish Government funding, the pilot National Post Diagnostic Support Programme will be led by Scottish Autism, in partnership with the National Autistic Society, Autism Initiatives and Autistic People’s Organisations.

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An awareness campaign, which aims to challenge stigma and myths to give the public a clearer understanding of autism, is also being launched after a recent survey found that just 42 per cent of people feel they have a good understanding of autism.