World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognised day taking place on 2 April every year. In the week of 1 – 7 April surrounding this day, the public is encouraged to take part in World Autism Awareness Week – a full seven days where people across the UK take part in activities to raise money and awareness for the National Autistic Society.
How can I get involved?
There’s plenty of ways to raise awareness of autism and fundraise during World Autism Awareness Week. The National Autistic Society (NAS) has created an overview to help you get started. Click on the links below to get your awareness and fundraising resources.
- Raise money at school. Download your free fundraising pack and raise money with your pupils.
- Free learning resources for school. The NAS has films, assemblies, tutor time and follow-up activities for teaching professionals across early years, primary school and secondary school.
- Chris Packham’s awareness poster for workplaces. Hang up this handy poster in your office or place of work. With the help of Chris Packham, the NAS has compiled a few simple facts about autism, as well useful tips on how to support autistic colleagues.
- Chris Packham’s wildlife sweepstake poster – a quick and easy way to raise some funds with friends and work colleagues.
- Download your free fundraising pack and raise money your way. There’s lots of resources and fundraising ideas to help you along the way.
- Download your Anne Hegerty quiz. The NAS has two different quizzes for you to try, one of which you can do with your children at school.
- Download your baking kit. Why not get baking for World Autism Awareness Week? The NAS has got a Spectrum cake recipe from their President, Jane Asher, for you baking buffs.
- Take on the NAS virtual challenge. Run, cycle, walk or swim 7k this World Autism Awareness Week in support of the 700,000 autistic people across the UK.
Why the National Autistic Society need your support
The organisation has come a long way in raising awareness about autism but there’s still more to be done. They need the public’s support to raise vital funds to continue running campaigns and influencing government decision making, training and sharing knowledge with professionals working with autistic people, and so much more – and that’s where you come in.
- £5 could pay for a recently diagnosed adult to call our helpline for support and advice
- £40 could pay for a parent of an autistic child to have an hour long telephone consultation with our Education Rights Service
- £200 could fund our Parent to Parent service for a day.