Scottish charities win £150k funding for autism sight project

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TWO Scottish charities have been awarded £150,000 from the Scottish Government to help protect the eyesight of people with autism.

The move comes amid concerns that some sight-threatening problems and their symptoms may be mistaken for behavioural problems associated with autism. The longer sight loss goes untreated, the more damage it can do.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People and Scottish Autism will work in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University to develop a “vision toolkit” that will help specialists identify potential problems.

Autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong disability that affects how a person relates to others.