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Cambridgeshire libraries is launching the ‘Cambridgeshire Autism Collection’ today (Monday 26 March), to mark the start of World Autism Awareness Week.

The library service have selected 30 titles which provide support for people with autism, their families, carers and friends as well as professionals and the general public.

The collection brings together books written by people with autism and their family, sharing their own personal accounts and experiences, and titles written by healthcare and medical professionals, who specialise in the field of autism.

There are eight complete sets of the collection in Cambridgeshire located in Cambridge Central, Cambourne, Ely, Huntingdon, March, St. Ives, St. Neots and Wisbech libraries. 

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Mathew Shuter said: “I am very proud of our new Cambridgeshire Autism collection, which provides useful medical and healthcare information as well as a valuable insight into the stories and experiences of people living with autism.  

“One of the crucial roles our libraries play is to give people access to information and resources in areas such as health and well-being and help raise awareness of conditions such as autism.

“I hope this collection will be helpful to those who need it and anyone who is interested in finding out more about autism, which affects around 700,000 people in the UK.”

All titles in the collection will be available for loan from Monday 26 March and booklists will be accessible from every Cambridgeshire library and online.

See the full book collection here.

A group of parents and siblings of children who have autism - all part of the Pinpoint parent support network – got a preview of the Cambridgeshire Autism Book Collection at Ely Library on Wednesday 21 March.

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