First Minister presents award to dedicated young volunteer

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A volunteer with Asperger Syndrome has been presented with a prestigious Saltire Award after dedicating hundreds of hours to transforming the lives of people with autism.

National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland volunteer Callum McCrosson (25), from Kirkintilloch, was presented with the Saltire Award by First Minister Alex Salmond at the Scottish Parliament recently.

The awards recognise the most outstanding youth volunteers in Scotland.

He learned he had the condition in November 2011 - after being misdiagnosed from the age of 13 - and since then has spent over 500 hours helping people with autism gain confidence and the skills to access job and education opportunities.

Jim Doherty, from NAS, said: “When we first met Callum, he had only recently received his diagnosis. He was spending a lot of time at home, struggling with his condition.

“Callum’s transformation into a confident, inspiring young man, and what he’s achieving for himself and others is nothing short of fantastic. He’s hugely popular with his clients and staff.”

Callum said: “It’s great to feel I’m doing good. I love my work and I can really help people who have experienced the same challenges as me.”

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