A CAMPAIGN to raise awareness of autism in Wiltshire will be launched at a conference later this month.

More than 4,000 people in Wiltshire have an autistic spectrum condition. Most will manage their daily lives extremely well without any support.

However, some will need lifelong support to enable them to live as independently as possible.

Many people are not aware of the impact that autism can have on the lives of those people who have the condition.

The Understand Autism conference takes place on November 21 at the Corn Exchange, Devizes.

During the conference the Wiltshire Autism awareness campaign will be launched with a networking event for people with autism, carers, families and professionals so they can gain advice and information from a variety of stalls and key speakers.

Attendees can arrive from 11.30am for a 3.30pm close. People should book to reserve their place.

Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for adult care John Thomson said: “I’m delighted we are able to launch an awareness campaign of such an important issue which affects a lot of people, directly or indirectly, in our county.

“The conference will be a great opportunity for organisations to meet and share ideas.”

To book a place visit wiltshire.gov.uk/autismbookingform For more information call 01225 713938 or email disabilities@wiltshire.gov.uk.