Next week sees the launch of three events (World Autism Awareness Day, World Autism Acceptance Week and World Autism Acceptance Month. These are important in the Autism community for raising awareness and acceptance and MovementWorks will be supporting all three via their social media channels

We will be sharing a series of posts that highlights our work in the Autism Community including our programmes, projects, services, events and training plus sharing posts from other organisations. Later in April, we will also be creating a special article that provides details of the outcomes of our work with autistic children and young people.

Our Social Media Links
Facebook Page: @MovementWorks
Instagram: @movementworksed
X (formerly Twitter): @MovementWorksEd
Hashtags we will be using
#MovementWorks
#AutismAwarenessDay
#AutismAcceptanceWeek
#AutismAcceptanceMonth
#WAAW24

Please do follow and connect with us during this day, week and month.


In the meantime, here is some information on the events and the campaigns.  

World Autism Awareness Day - 2nd April 2024
Throughout its history, the United Nations family has celebrated diversity and promoted the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities, including learning differences and developmental disabilities. In 2008, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force, reaffirming the fundamental principle of universal human rights for all. Its purpose is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity. It is a vital tool to foster an inclusive and caring society for all and to ensure that all children and adults with autism can lead full and meaningful lives.

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day (A/RES/62/139) to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society. (source: www.un.org/en/observances/autism-day/background)

The 'theme' and event for this year is 'Moving from Surviving to Thriving: Autistic individuals share regional perspectives' and they are holding their online virtual event on Tuesday, 2 April 2024, 10:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. EDT (3.00 - 6.00 p.m. BST) For more information or if you would like to join in, please visit their website.


World Autism Acceptance Week: 2nd - 8th April 2024
World Autism Acceptance Week is an annual event that is held all over the world to teach more people about Autism and the aim is to raise awareness around Autism and help people become more accepting and understanding of the condition. This year, World Autism Acceptance Week is the 2nd - 8th April and the theme is colour. In the National Autistic Society seems to be taking the lead on the activities with their 5K Colour Spectrum Walk and they are providing resources and information around these.

To get involved or find out more, please visit their website.


World Autism Acceptance Month: April 2024
Commencing on the 2nd April (World Autism Awareness Day) due to the Easter break. During this month the focus is to understanding autism beyond the surface, about celebrating the unique traits that make autistic individuals shine in their own way. Autism Acceptance month is crucial for inclusivity and understanding for all autistic individuals in their daily life and the more we can support as individuals, the more we can take away the misconceptions and stigma that surrounds Autism.

There are a couple of UK based organisations that are organising 'events' this month:

Ambitious about Autism
This organisation is a registered charity in England and Wales; their journey started in 1997 when a group of parents set up TreeHouse School, determined that their children would receive a full and rewarding education. The organisation has grown and evolved over time from the early beginnings of four pupils to the charity it is today that has supported thousands of children and young people with autism and they now run a number of schools and a college.

To celebrate Autism Acceptance Month, their message is 'Small changes, BIG difference' On their website you can access clips with advice from autistic young people on how small changes can make a big difference in helping them feel more accepted in their daily lives.  They have also created a social media toolkit to support others in sharing their message and their vision.

Links:
Website: home page
World Autism Acceptance Month: Small changes, BIG difference
Social Media Toolkit

Autism Together
This charity was formed in 1968 when a group of parents established The Wirral Society for Autistic Children, which later became Autism Together. They provide a number of services including, but not limited to children and family services, day services, supported living, residential services, respite care and publications and resources.  They are dedicating April to improving acceptance for autistic people, while fundraising and highlighting their work and are asking people to get involved in any way they can.

To mark Autism Acceptance Month they have a dedicated web page and are sharing free resources with schools, while encouraging people to hold their own events and fundraising challenges throughout April to help raise awareness and encourage acceptance for autistic people everywhere. On their Autism Acceptance month webpage they share a video clip filmed from a first-person perspective, is aimed at giving the viewer an idea of what it might be like for an autistic person to experience the sort of noisy, busy, everyday environments, plus a quiz, and downloadable resources - a kids fun book and a fund raising pack.

Links
Website home page
Autism Acceptance Month page


If you are aware of any other charities / organisations that are dedicating April to promoting Autism Awareness and have any campaigns running, please do contact our admin, Juls via email, juliette@movmentworks.org, with their details or share social media posts by tagging us so we can share onwards. 

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top