This week the National Autistic Society is promoting World Autism Awareness Week to raise understanding and campaign to help transform the lives of people living with autism. There are more than 700,000 people in the UK who have been diagnosed with autism and at ubu we believe this very significant group of people have a right to lead the life they choose, as individuals and as part of the community.
ubu has been a pioneer in providing support and enablement to the people we serve who have autism and are truly dedicated and committed in ensuring that everything we do is focussed on the people we serve we work. We believe that everyone should enjoy a quality of life that ensures that they are happy, fulfilled and respected. We work with people to enable them to live with greater independence, contribute their skills and experience to their communities, to seek meaningful employment and to find opportunities where they can interact.
World Autism Awareness Week (WAAW) shares many of these aims in common with ubu’s goals and ideals and it is an opportunity to help the general public, care professionals and politicians become more aware and knowledgeable about autism. The WAAW campaign has been encouraging people to take part in a wide variety of events. The emphasis on bringing attention to autism through ‘stand-out’ events that demonstrate the pride and determination people with autism and their families have in being part of society.
ubu has always been a very bright leader in ensuring that the enabling service people with autism receive from us is provided by well trained and caring enablers. We are determined to ensure that we have a holistic understanding of autism and that we work to ensure that everyone we serve receives respect and support in all aspects of their lives.
Many of us have been participating this week in bake-offs with a bright pink and purple theme, the colours associated with the National Autistic Society. Night walks have been organised in various towns and cities with exclusive light-up arm bands to draw attention to autism and Onsie Wednesday is an opportunity to raise funds and awareness.
With the general election campaigns beginning to gather pace, ubu is encouraging everyone to take part in these events. They are an excellent opportunity to bring autism awareness to politicians and policy enactors. By taking part we can remind them of their responsibility to ensure that the strategies outlined in the 2009 Autism Act such as better services, education and employment opportunities are realised and implemented.
Find out more about World Autism Awareness Week and the National Autistic Society here.