Many people show support for a cause they believe in – and one family has taken it quite literally.
Linda Mcginley and her relatives have a permanent display showing pride in their links with Autism Rocks (Fife).
Linda (50), her partner John and her daughters, Catherine and Linda, have been tattooed with the Autsim Rocks logo.
And they paid tribute to Methil mum Liza Quin, co-founder and chairman of Autism Rocks (Fife), which is trying to help families affected by the condition and hoping to provide Fife’s first purpose-built centre for treatment.
“We started on our Autism journey in November 2013 – our son John Paul was diagnosed at five,” explained Linda. “We now know and understand how to help him achieve his goals .
“There are many families who are just beginning their journey, many who have been on the journey for a long time and some who are in the diagnostic process.
“Liza Quin has brought all these families together through Autism Rocks (Fife ).
“Through the support and advice provided through the group’s members, it has been a fantastic source of help to all,” added Linda, of Port Glasgow.
“I have great admiration for Liza and for all the other parents who help in the group.”
Linda said she and her family, pictured below, had decided “to pay homage to them” and show their support by getting the Autism Rocks logo done as a tattoo .
“Autism Rocks has not only put autism on the map, it has put a life line out there for families on this amazing journey, and for many more in the future,” added Linda.
Autism Rocks (Fife) is now a fully-registered Scottish charity and has its own office space in Quayside House at Methil Docks.
A variety of fund-raising events has been held in its favour, with hopes to build the specially-adapted centre in Levenmouth.
Liza Quin said: “I’m extremely proud of everyone who has helped us raise awareness and funds.
“I’m very humbled by what they have done to show their support for Autism Rocks (Fife ) – extremely proud.
“It means a lot to have the support that we have.”
Liza said it was often very hard for people with autism to go out and about and visit places because their symptoms affected them in different ways and they were very often judged unfairly.
Autism, she added, was more to do with learning difficulties and communication problems, rather than perceptions about behavioural issues.
If it becomes a reality, the centre could feature a sensory room, with emphasis on texture, lighting, colours and shapes, soft play areas and illuminated floors, plus meeting rooms, an outdoor astroturf surface, rooms for art and music, and a size-adaptable area with movable walls.
You can look up Autism Rocks (Fife) on Facebook and send a friend request for more information.