The store manager at Specsavers Greenford Jessica Bownes has recently taken an autism awareness course – and she had a really personal as well as professional reason for doing so.

Supporting people with autism

The course, designed by the National Autistic Society, contains modules on understanding autism, how autism can affect the senses, and how to communicate better with people with autism.

It has been rolled out to Specsavers stores to help them better understand how they can put adjustments in place to make getting an eye test – and choosing glasses – easier for people with autism and those who may be accompanying them.

A word from Jessica

Jessica explains: ‘Autism is very close to my heart. My younger brother suffers from autistic spectrum disorders, and it has been a real rollercoaster to understand him and help him develop.

‘He is a beautiful soul, and having him in my life has made me a stronger person. His perseverance and determination are really inspirational.

‘To gain a better understanding of how I can help him and others with autism better when I am at work was a real privilege for me, and I feel truly blessed to be able to support them.’

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