Haringey opens new autism campus
Adults with autism will now have access to a range of services and support, thanks to the opening of a new autism campus on Monday 10 May.
The new Chad Gordon Autism Campus had its commemorative opening on Monday. Based in Tottenham, the campus is named after Chad Gordon, a local adult with autism who was tragically murdered in May 2020.
A tree was planted in Chad’s memory along with a memorial plaque. The ceremony was attended by Chad’s family, Cllr Sarah James, the Cabinet Member for Adults and Health and council officers.
Following the opening ceremony, the stakeholders and dignitaries in attendance were invited to view the campus buildings and architect Helen Pedder spoke about how the facilities had been designed in conjunction with autism carers to meet the specific requirements of adults with autism.
The building designs have been influenced by the sensory needs of people with autism, including adaptable mood lighting to create a calm environment when needed, and a garden that service users can enjoy.
The new design encourages an easier flow throughout the buildings and features a brand-new training kitchen, along with rooms suitable for a range of group sizes.
The campus will be home to two new services: the Haringey Opportunities Project which provides a day service for adults with complex learning difficulties and autism and the #ActuallyHaringey Autism Hub which is co-produced with autistic residents and community groups.
Cllr Sarah James, the Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said:
I was honoured to be a part of the opening of the Chad Gordon autism campus, which will do so much for adults with autism in Haringey. I’m glad that Haringey is leading the way in providing care and support for adults with autism and learning difficulties, and I hope the campus stands as a fitting tribute to Chad Gordon.
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