Artist is given role at autism society

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AN ARTIST and poet has become a cultural ambassador for the National Autistic Society (NAS).

Jon Adams, a research fellow at the University of Portsmouth, said he hoped to be able to improve the image of autism sufferers and encourage people with autism in the arts.

Mr Adams said: ‘It is really important to provide positive publicity about what people with autism can achieve with the proper attitude and a safe space where we can make and create.

‘If you want to see a different innovative perspective of the world, I would encourage organisations to commission or employ people who see and think differently.’

Mr Adams has Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, as well as dyslexia and post-traumatic stress disorder.

He is also a synesthete which means he can taste, feel and hear colours.

NAS chief executive Mark Lever said: ‘We’re so delighted that Jon has agreed to become an ambassador for us.

‘He provides inspiration for other autistic creatives.’