In support of World Autism Awareness Day, Autism Wessex is encouraging local schools to take part in 'World Autism Awareness Week at School' from 27 March to 2nd April 2017.
Fiona Hawkins, Fundraiser at Autism Wessex comments; “Indifference, intolerance and hostility towards people with autism and their families leads to extreme social isolation, mental illness and profoundly unhappy lives. Helping young people – as well as teachers – to understand autism as they grow up will equip a new generation with the knowledge to accept and empathise with people affected by autism.”
Katie Barnes works as a teacher at Stanley Green Infant Academy in Poole. Katie has been integral in getting her school involved in the awareness week this year and Autism Wessex is calling on other local schools to follow suit; “I am fully behind this campaign and believe we have a really important job in our schools to help raise awareness amongst our pupils. Enabling our children to have a better understanding of autism can only help the whole community. As well as the special schools in our area, every mainstream school will undoubtedly have pupils with autism. It is imperative we put the spotlight on this often invisible condition until everyone understands and until indifference, intolerance and hostility towards people with autism are things of the past.”
At least 1 in 100 people in the UK have autism, so chances are there are people with autism at many mainstream schools.
World Autism Awareness Week at School invites teachers and pupils to:
learn about autism and in fun, imaginative lessons, activities and assemblies that are level-specific
plan and take part in amazing fundraising activities such as Autism Wessex’ Big Brekkie campaign and Wear a Blue for Autism day
help spread the word about why it's so important to understand and accept autism.
For further details and to download packs for each year group from Year 1 to Year 12, please visit here.
Autism Wessex also has a comprehensive training programme for parents, professionals and the local community. These are available as hourly, half day or full day packages and can be tailored to organisational or individual needs. For further information please contact Laura Harman, Practice and Clinical Support Manager on 01202 703590