Haringey resident Chad Gordon, who was murdered last May, will be remembered by the council, with a new autism campus named after him.
Situated in Waltheof Gardens, The Chad Gordon Autism Campus will commemorate Chad, who was fatally wounded, in a case of mistaken identity. The campus will be home to two new services for adults with autism:
· Complex Learning Disabilities and Autism Day Service - Haringey Opportunities Project
· The Autism Hub called #ActuallyHaringey
Haringey Opportunities Project will provide day services for residents with Complex Learning Disabilities and Autism in a newly refurbished building especially designed for this cohort.
#ActuallyHaringey is designed to deliver early help provision to address the needs of adults with autism, and those approaching adulthood and their support networks. The service was co-designed and developed with autistic residents and community groups.
Chad, who was himself autistic, was described as ‘loving and caring’, by his mother, Ann-Marie. He lived in Haringey from his birth, attending Moselle School and sixth form before going on to Harington School, where he studied horticulture for two years. He was a keen sports fan, particularly enjoying wrestling. He was chosen to take part in cycling events marking the 2007 Tour De France and in the local parade to mark the 2012 London Olympics. He was also involved with the Chickenshed Theatre. From the age of 12 he was a regular attender at Bruce Grove Youth Centre, where he became a well-known and popular figure.
Councillor Sarah James, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health said: “As a community we want to remember the life of Chad Gordon. Chad’s family remember him as a loving, protective person, who cared deeply for those around him. These are precisely the values that we wish to see embedded in our new autism services. His family said that they thought Chad would have loved to attend the #ActuallyHaringey Autism Hub and I am pleased that they feel naming the new autism campus after him is a fitting tribute to Chad.”
Renovation works at The Chad Gordon Autism Campus are due for completion in early 2021. Haringey Council is also supporting the establishment of a public memorial garden at Wiltshire Gardens, where Chad lived.