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Nura Aabe

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University of Bristol

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University of Bristol

Senate House Tyndall Avenue

Bristol, Bristol,BS8 1TH

United Kingdom

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MP Stephen William's and Autism Independence

Founder and SPAN Member

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Nura, from Horfield, said that some health conditions, especially mental ones, are not recognised by much of the community.
She said: "There is no word in Somali for autism, and parents in migrant communities really struggle when they get the diagnosis. Nura, 34, is the founder of Autism Independence, a group based at Silai Centre which runs courses within the Somali community and works with other societies to help dispel the stigma about mental health. It is currently working directly with around 30 families. Nura said: "The Somali community is a very segregated from the rest of Bristol. Nura said: "For these women, their journey has been phenomenal. NURA is running a research pilot together with the University of Bristol, looking at why there is a higher prevalence of autism in children of migrant Somali parents than other communities.

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" There is no word for autism in the Somali language" Nura Aabe, Director and Founder of Autism Independence
Autism Independence is a Bristol based community organisation that aims to challenge the stigma and raise the awareness of autism within the Somali community. Director and Founder Nura Aabe's work is supported by Bristol University and Health Watch England, who have recently conducted research into autism in the Somali community. Nura leads the charity in its vital work engaging community members in understanding a condition that cannot be described in their language, as there is no word to describe autism in Somali. Nura came to Media Trust as a participant of Somali Voices; a media skills training programme funded by Open Society Foundations that aims to help those in the UK Somali community share positive stories and raise the postivie profile of Somali communities in the media. The Challenge In the past, Nura had found it difficult to raise awareness of the work of Autism Independence. With no communications or marketing experience, she had struggled to secure media attention about her work. Nura hoped that taking part in Media Trust's Somali Voices programme would help her to raise awareness about the challenges faced by families who are marginalized or struggle to navigate the system to get the right support for their children. As part of the programme Nura was offered media and communications training and the chance to be matched with a BBC mentor in her local area. We matched Nura with volunteer Pam Caulfield, a BBC Bristol Journalist. The piece was also online and with Somali subtitles to make it accessible to the wider Somali community.Buzz soon began to grow about Nura's charity and through the support of Pam, Nura also made it onto BBC World Service. Pam said of her mentoring experience: "It was fantastic working with Nura. After taking part in the programme, Nura was invited to talk to Parliament about her work challenging the stigma of autism in the Somali community and shared clips from her one woman play Yusuf Can't Talk, which is about her own experiences of being the mother of an autistic child. In addition, Nura was recently interviewed on Channel 4 News by Journalist Jamal Osman and was also featured in BBC Radio 4's All in the Mind programme presented by BBC Radio Journalist, Claudia Hammond. After completing Media Trust's Somali Voices programme,Nura said:"The training has been a breakthrough for Autism Independence, the BBC mentors get us coverage which means our research work, our production to raise awareness and just the grassroots work has been exposed to families, service providers and policy makers.

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Panel members included MP for Bristol East Kerry McCarthy, Cllr Gus Hoyt, SPAN's Policy and Parliamentary Officer Laura Dewar, MP Stephen William's and Autism Independence founder and SPAN member Nura Aabe.

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This is a new service run by Nura Aabe who is the founder of Autism Independence.
Parents can come and see Nura regarding any issues affecting their families as a result of having an autistic child. There will also be monthly arts and craft activities for these families. Please call Nura for more info on 07951133590.


Autism Independence is led by Nura Aabe.
Nura came from Somalia to the UK aged eight, and has a child with autism herself. She campaigns for wider awareness of the issues surrounding autism in the Somali community. The interviews were conducted by Fiona Fox, from CLAHRC West, and Nura, who were both researchers on the project. Nura also translated and acted as a 'cultural interpreter'. This research would not have been possible without Nura, who approached Dheeraj Rai at the University of Bristol with this research idea. ACTA, a community theatre company, Nura and members of the Somali community affected by autism have developed and performed a play exploring these issues called 'Yusuf can't talk'. The play has been instrumental in raising awareness of autism in the Somali community and of the challenges for families in raising a child with autism. It continues to be performed nationally and internationally. Nura Aabe was interviewed by Channel 4 News for a piece about autism in the Somali community Nura Aabe on Channel 4 News (at 5 minutes 40 seconds) Nura Aabe, Autism Independence

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