It is estimated the autism affects over 21 million people worldwide. World Autism Awareness Week (running from the 2nd-8th of April) is an initiative set up by the National Autistic Society (NAS) in order to raise awareness about autism and make a difference to the lives of autistic people across the UK.
The first World Autism Awareness Week took place last year and raised an incredible £235,395. Building on this success, this year’s week launched on Saturday the 2nd April on World Autism Day, a UN observance day which aims to highlight autism and make a difference to the lives of autistic children throughout the world. This year’s World Awareness Week campaign is called Too Much Information and seeks to inform people about how overwhelming the world can be for an autistic child or adult. As the NAS outline:
“With this new understanding, that person will be kinder to families living with autism. We hope it’ll make life that little bit easier and stop families from feeling so isolated.”
As proud publisher of Autism, the journal of the National Autistic Society, we are delighted to be able to share with you all the content from the journal in order help build understanding to and knowledge around autism during this vital week.*
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