As this week is National Autism Awareness Week, Overton School, our newly-opened residential school for young people with autism, is celebrating this by helping to raise awareness in a number of ways throughout the week.
National Autism Awareness Week was created to raise awareness of people in the UK living with autism, realising that there are small changes that we can all make to help make society a more welcoming and positive environment for people living with autism. 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. Many children and young people with autism really struggle to fit in, to make friends and have very low self-esteem, so the aim of National Autism Awareness Week is to celebrate their individuality and educate those around us, showcasing how fantastic people with autism are and to push for inclusivity.
Autism Awareness Week is extremely important for the autism community because it raises much needed awareness for acceptance within our society. Overton School are planning a number of activities such as making Spectrum Cakes which have been designed by Jane Asher (celebrity cake baker and President of the National Autistic Society), wearing silly socks on Thursday 4th April to raise awareness and money for Autism West Midlands and joining in with Walk A Mile For Autism on Sunday 7th April.
If you or anyone you know has been diagnosed with autism and needs some support and guidance, please don’t hesitate to call the helpline on 01775 821213.
Overton School and Bryn Melyn Care are looking forward to raising money and as much awareness as possible for people living with autism. If you would like to get involved in National Autism Awareness Week visit https://www.autism.org.uk/ for further information.