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National Autistic Society calls on country to get involved in World Autism Acceptance Week

The National Autistic Society is calling on schools, workplaces and households across the country to get involved in World Autism Acceptance Week (Monday 27 March – Sunday 2 April) to help improve understanding of autism and attitudes towards autistic people.

This year’s event has a theme of colour with supporters being invited to get involved by holding colourful fundraising events, from quizzes and bakes sales to dress down days or craft making.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. At least one in 100 people are autistic, which means more than 700,000 people in the UK.

Better understanding of autism will transform lives

Caroline Stevens, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society, said: “Almost everyone has heard of autism, but not enough people understand what it’s actually like to be autistic, both the different perspectives, passions and skills autistic people can have, and how hard life can be without the right support. Too often, autistic people and their families are undervalued, misunderstood and face discrimination at school, in the workplace and across society.

“This is why World Autism Acceptance Week is so important. It’s a chance to get society talking about autism and finding out more about what it’s like to be autistic from autistic people. Anyone can get involved and we have lots of information and free resources available on our website to help plan your fundraising events.

“It’s vital that autistic people and their families are understood, supported and accepted in their communities, schools and workplaces. Better understanding of autism across society could transform hundreds of thousands of lives.”

The National Autistic Society is launching two new events this year, the virtual Spectrum Colour Challenge and the in-person Spectrum Colour Walks.

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