Shropshire Council

Autism Awareness Week 27-31 March 2017

27 March 2017 Last updated at 01:59

Between 27 and 31 March 2017 it's Autism Awareness Week in schools, leading up to April being Autism Awareness Month. With as many as 1 in 100 people having a form of autism spectrum condition, it's no longer a ‘hidden disability’ in many respects.

How can schools get involved?

The National Autistic Society has produced some great resources to help schools and educational settings raise awareness of autism.

How can I get involved if I'm not in a school?

The National Autistic Society has also produced resources that you can use at work, in the community, and elsewhere to help you raise awareness of autism. They have ideas for fundraising you can do to help NAS or other local autism groups.

Talking about autism is always a great way to raise people's understanding. There are lots of training and resources available to help improve your understanding of autism. Disability Matters is a great free programme that offers modules on different areas of disability including autism. Their autism module can be accessed by anyone. They also provide some videos, about more than just autism, which can really help you understand the impact disability can have on a persons life.

 

What is available locally for children and young people with autism spectrum condition?

In Shropshire we have some specialist services that commissioned by Shropshire Council. Some of these offer information, support, training, and guidance, whilst others offer short breaks from the home environment through overnight stays or activity sessions.

There are also some voluntary and third party groups and organisations that provide services relating to ASC in similar ways to those that are commissioned. Some of these may receive private or charity funding and may come at a cost to the person or family using them.

Further information about autism

Find out more about autism from the National Autistic Society website.