The Countess of Wessex is in our region today as she opens a new North East Centre for Autism.
The Countess toured the £9 million centre meeting staff, students, sponsors and parents who founded the charity in 1980.
The vision behind the centre, in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, was to improve the range of specialist services available across the region for children, young people and adults with autism. The centre houses a new purpose built school, college, short breaks and residential accommodation.
Her Royal Highness met families who access the centre, as she visited a toddler group, the school and college facilities.