Autism headline was not fair to young folk

SIR, — Thank you for including the article and photographs from the Launch of Six Steps in Autism Care at the Long Gallery in Stormont (Recorder October 26). It was a day of celebration after long struggles to get it right. It will certainly be a great help to those being diagnosed with ASD.

However your headline ‘Guides launched to help autism sufferers’ was particularly offensive to many of our young people who have ASD but do not suffer from it. This has negative connotations and this is not how our young people see themselves. Many “love” having ASD as they celebrate their difference. but they don’t suffer from it.

Yours etc,