For the whole of April we will be celebrating and supporting autism awareness.
This years' World Autism Awareness Day (April the 2nd) has been hailed as a great success as the UK government has announced it's new 'Think Autism' initiative.
This is the seventh annual celebration of World Autism Awareness Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of autism on all levels in society.
What is autism?
Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how we communicate with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how we make sense of the world around us.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while everyone with autism share certain difficulties, it can affect different people in different ways. For example some people with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.
Asperger syndrome is a form of autism; people with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence; who have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.
To find out more click the image in the top right of this window to watch the National Autistic Society's video about autism.
Dive deeper to find out more about the new governement initiative and what you can do to get involved...
What is the new initiative?
On World Autism Awareness Day the UK Government met a number of key recommendations put forward in the National Autistic Society's campaign 'Push for Action', this included ring-fenced money for the first time.
In the government's revised adult autism strategy for England they have announced their new initiative, 'Think Autism', will put £4.5 million of revenue and capital funding towards an Innovation Fund and a community led awareness programme.
The innovation fund will support the development and replication of new services. The Awareness programme will help build understanding among the professionals working with people with autism and among the general public, and to make communities more autism-friendly.
What can I do?
The National Autistic Society still need your support; by signing up to the 'Push for Action' campaign we can make sure that autism awareness continues to grow. To join the campaign for change click the link below and then push the big red button to fill out the form.
>>Push for Action<<