People and organisations around the world will come together on 2 April to raise awareness of autism, with events and activities continuing throughout the month. Autism is much more common than many people think, with over half a million people in the UK having the condition. If you include their families, autism touches the lives of over two million people every day.
But for all the people it affects, a lot of myths still surround the condition. These misconceptions can have a damaging effect on the lives of people living with autism, making it more difficult to have their condition recognised and to access the support they need.
We hope to see lots of people coming together to raise awareness of autism and shatter some myths on the 2 April and throughout the month.
Here’s a selection of some of the things going on around the country and ways you can get involved:
- Talk to NAS Chief Executive Mark Lever on our live webchat at 5pm on April 2.
- Mediaplanet, an independent publisher, is producing the 4th edition of Autism, a special supplement that will be distributed within The Independent newspaper on 2 April. The supplement includes a foreword by NAS Chief Executive Mark Lever and a feature about one of our NAS Ambassadors. NAS President Jane Asher and author Kathy Lette have also shared quotes about their experiences of autism.
- Learn more about our Myths & Facts campaign, which has been running since November and will culminate on World Autism Awareness Day. You can see our recent updates and short videos here. Keep an eye on Twitter throughout the day too!
- The NAS is delighted to be handing over the Myths & Facts campaign to SYNAPSIS Foundation, a Polish organisation that helps people with autism, on World Autism Awareness Day.
- We are holding a collection at St James’s Park London underground station on the day to raise funds and awareness.
- Have an amazing day raising awareness of autism and raise money for a vital cause.
- Get a ticket to Stim Rock Express, a variety show produced entirely by a group of creative adults on the autism spectrum at the NAS centre in Ladbroke Grove.
- Some of the NAS Ambassadors have also taken up the mantle by writing to their local paper to encourage people to raise awareness of autism.
- NAS branches are recognising the day too by arranging local activities around the country, for example the West Berkshire branch will be raising awareness and lighting up the Corn Exchange building.
If you’re doing something to mark World Autism Awareness day please let us know on Facebook.