AUTISM with Attitude, the street dance group from Hillingdon Manor School, are off on a European adventure next month.

The school, off Harlington Road, made history last July when they qualified as the first special needs dance team to reach the finals of the United Dance Organisations Championships.

Now, they are preparing to compete in the next stage of the competition, the European Championships in Kalkar, Germany, from May 11-13.

This Friday (27), on Autism Dance Day, they will be refining their moves and joining other young people with autism across the UK to raise awareness of autism.

Hillingdon Manor School provides specialist education and support to pupils with autism aged three to 19.

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Dance teacher Jonathan Baron founded Autism with Attitude in 2013 after students were offered the opportunity to perform in Autism’s Got Talent, a show set up by Anna Kennedy.

In preparation for their flight, Jonathan recently took the students to Heathrow to perform a flash mob dance. It marked World Autism Awareness Week  and enabled the students to familiarise themselves with the airport.

He said: “Not only are these talented students making history in the world of dance, they are really challenging themselves, conquering new feelings and environments, representing the UK acting as role models to young people with autism nationwide.”