In the week leading up to World Autism Day, March 26th to April 2nd is dedicated to raising money and awareness for people with autism.
Anyone can get involved this week:
- Autism Speaks is asking people to wear blue in support of campaigning for autism awareness
- Help fundraise
- Get involved with campaigns to support work, benefits, education and health and social care of people with autism
- Volunteer with the National Autistic Society or any local organisations in your area
To find out more on why it is important to dedicate a whole week to autism, visit Why we have World Autism Awareness Week
What is Autism?
As defined by the National Autistic Society,
“Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.”
More than 1 in 100 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum. Together with families and carers, autism is a part of the lives of 2.8 million people.
To find out more about Autism you can visit the NHS website.
Resources and Support Groups
For more information on autism and support groups in your local area, you can take a look at these resources for some help.
Discussion forum for autistic people, their families and other wider networks to share thoughts and experiences.
Social Steps is a relaxed and informal social group for adults (16+) with Asperger syndrome who live in either Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster or Hammersmith & Fulham, to come and relax, play games and socialise with one another.
The Autism Helpline provides confidential expert advice and support on all aspects of life with autism for autistic people, their families and friends.
About the National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading autism charity that aims to support people with autism, their families and friends to change society for the better for those on the autistic spectrum. With the support of their members, donors and volunteers, they provide information to help people with autism of all ages to be supported and appreciated.