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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Cumbria onesie-wearers back World Autism Day

Cumbria schools ditched formal attire to don onesies to mark World Autism Day yesterday.

Onesie-clad staff and pupils at St Pius X, Schneider Road, Ormsgill, were among those to take raise awareness.

Barrow Sixth Form College, Greengate Juniors, Newton Primary School, the Jack and Jill Preschool Playgroup, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Ulverston, St James Catholic Primary in Millom, Pizza Hut, The Hair Lounge, The Croft, Grange Bakery and the Custom House also took part.

Mum-of-four Dionne MacMillan, who provides special needs support at St Pius, has two sons on the autism spectrum.

She said: “They are just normal people who learn differently.

“When my sons were young very few people understood it. They had to change schools a few times to get the right help.”

Her son, Patrick Millington, 17, who has autism, was at St Pius on work experience this week.

He said: “I think it’s important for people to know why someone is acting differently.”

A Furness branch of the National Autistic Society spokesman said: “We would like to thank everyone that took part in events to mark World Autism Awareness Day and Onesie Wednesday.

“It is hoped that even more schools and organisations will get involved next year.”

The branch is holding a coffee morning as part of Autism Awareness month on Tuesday at Hindpool Community Centre, Nelson Street, from 10am to 12.30pm, with a tombola, cake sale and sensory products from A Stitch Different and jewellery from A Special Design.

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