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One woman’s mission to tackle autism in Barking

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 January 2017

Nura Aabe hopes to use her one-woman show to help parents of autistic children in Barking and Dagenham Picture: ACTA

Nura Aabe hopes to use her one-woman show to help parents of autistic children in Barking and Dagenham Picture: ACTA

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A one-woman show will address the challenges of bringing up a child with autism.

Yusuf Can’t Talk makes its Barking debut at Ripple Road’s Ripple Centre on Thursday.

The play is the result of collaboration between theatre group ACTA and Autism Independence, whose founder Nura Aabe hopes to raise awareness in particular among the Somali community by starring in the show and working with the borough’s Somali Women’s Association.

“Being a parent of an autistic child is challenging,” she said. “But being a Somali parent of a child with autism, in a community with high rates of the condition but with no word to describe it can seem like there’s nowhere to turn.”

The awareness-raising event begins at 6pm, with the show starting and 7pm and will feature a question and answer session afterward.

The event is free but booking is advised and can be done by searcing autism awareness on eventbrite.co.uk


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