Treehouse – getting people talking about autism

Popped into Treehouse (our exemplar centre for children with autism in Haringey) and as usual they had a stunning new initiative about to launch.

This time it is an online initiative to get the public talking about autism. Last Thursday, the world’s first virtual Talkathon was officially launched by TalkTalk Commercial Director Tristia Clarke, CHI Founding Partner Johnny Hornby and TreeHouse CEO Jolanta Lasota at TalkTalk’s Customer Experience Centre in the heart of Soho. Young people with autism, parents and supporters all came along to celebrate the initiative which also aims to raise £150,000 for TreeHouse.

The world’s first virtual Talkathon is part of TreeHouse’s “Talk About Autism” national campaign to increase public understanding of autism, launched on GMTV by celebrity Keith Duffy during National Autism Awareness Month. It’s a simple, fun way for everyone to find out a little bit more about the condition which affects one in 100 children in the UK and TalkTalk will donate £1 for every person who takes part.

To see more about the Talkathon click here.  Arsenal Football Club, Matt Lucas, Jon Snow and Nick Hornby are just some of the famous faces who have already backed Talk about Autism. Please help us Treehouse reach their target of 200,000 online talkers by joining the conversation yourself – and then spreading the word!