This week is World Autism Awareness Week. The aim of the week is to raise awareness and make a difference to the lives of those with autism in the UK. In 2015, 5,000 people took part in the first awareness week and together they managed to raise over £235,000, which was used to help autistic people and their families. It is hoped that more people will get involved in 2016.
How Can You Help?
You can hold a fundraising activity or perhaps take part in the night walks for autism that take place on April 2nd. The walks were a huge success last year and even if you don’t take part you could go along to give your support and perhaps donate to the cause. Further information about the Night Walks for Autism can be found here. You can even organise your own night walk if you can’t make the date or get to London or Manchester. Head on over to The National Autistic Society website and download your free pack that will give you everything you need to help you raise, collect and pay in the funds you raise. You’ll also be given some ideas on what to do and a poster to help your publicise the event.
Look for the Pop-Up Shops
Keep your eyes peeled for the pop-up shops that will be raising money for autistic people and their families. They can be found in Aberdeenshire, Leicester, Suffolk, Lancashire, Cardiff, London and Surry during World Autism Week.
Schools’ Autism Awareness Week
Encourage your child’s school to get involved by informing them about the Schools’ Autism Awareness Week. If they follow the link they can download a free guide and receive teaching resources such as lesson plans and assembly ideas so that students and their teachers can learn to understand their autistic classmates better.
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