World Autism Awareness week ran from March 27th through to April 2nd and many organisations and individuals across the globe did their own little bit to help raise awareness of what Autism is all about and pass on some education on it.
Over 38% of the children that we support from the local area are on the Autistic Spectrum and the needs of these children can differ hugely from one individual to the next. It is fantastic to see year on year, more and more people and the world in general trying a little harder to understand Autism and the way that it can affect many families. We work very hard to support Autism in the area and there is some fantastic work being done across the region and UK by people like Autism Anglia who we work very closely with and the National Autistic Society.
Here is a really good summary from the National Autistic Society on what Autism is:
“Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.”
As a small part of our own efforts to increase awareness on Autism we held a balloon release at our Sensory Sats session on April 4th. From April onwards we are looking to provide a number of workshops and talks to local families on understanding Autism.
Image Source: Justin Heron
Lower Image Edit: Verity Grain