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Autism centre at Keele University will ‘put Staffordshire on the map’

Lisa Long’s eight-year-old son Joel suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome.

The 41-year-old, from Hanford, said: “This is a brilliant idea. There is such a long waiting list for people waiting to get diagnosed, I think it took three years for us to get Joel’s diagnosis.

“So hopefully this will help to cut the waiting list down significantly.”

Autism campaigner Kevin Healey believes the development could be a ‘breakthrough’ for Staffordshire.

The 40-year-old, from Newcastle, said: “This is a really good idea and I hope Caudwell Children and Keele University develop a way to expand this service for adults in the future.

“Children are only children for a certain period of time and the transition into adulthood can be immense, so anything that helps that would be great.

“The only autism facility I know like this one is in Essex, so this project would really put Staffordshire on the map for autism.”

University vice chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett, has welcomed the plans.

He said: “Not only are we delighted that Caudwell Children are hoping to develop a facility at the university, we are also excited to be working in partnership to develop further understanding of particular conditions in children.

“We hope that through these types of innovative partnerships, our research impact can be maximised, alongside providing the local area with a fantastic provider of family support services, equipment, treatment and therapies for disabled children and their families.”