Around 700,000 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum. Together with their families, this means autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people. Over 99% of people have heard of autism, but only 16% of autistic people feel the public understand them. It’s time we challenge the myths, misconceptions and stereotypes and help the public to understand autism, the person and the changes they can make.
Each year, in the week leading up to World Autism Awareness Day, The National Autistic Society encourages the public to take part in World Autism Awareness Week – a full seven days where schools, workplaces and individuals, their families and friends all over the UK are taking part in activities to raise money and awareness. Whether it is by having a party in support of the National Autistic Society with Little Sharers (https://www.littlesharers.com/create-a-party/) or fundraising your own way, in school or at work, there are plenty of ways you can help raise money for autism.
We’ve come a long way in raising autism awareness but there’s still more to be done until everyone understands.
To find out more about how you can get involved, go to http://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/world-autism-awareness-week