The National Autistic Society launch their first “Schools Autism Awareness Week” this year.

Schools Autism Awareness Week 14th to 18th March 2016

As an educational campaign, the National Autistic Society want to promote a more understanding environment in schools up and down the country.  At least 1 in 100 people in the UK have autism… so chances are there are autistic people at your school, who you see every day.

At The National Autistic Society, we want to be there for autistic adults and children everywhere by increasing understanding and creating a more autism-friendly UK. In 2016 we are launching our biggest ever campaign to reach and educate as many people as possible about the behaviours and characteristics of autism, and let them know what they can do to help.

Schools are such an important part of this. Autism affects how a person thinks, feels and learns, and we believe it is crucial that teachers and schoolmates know and understand as much as possible about autism. We want children who are on the spectrum to get the best start possible and have the chance to enjoy their time at school as much as everyone else.

That is why we are launching our first ever Schools’ Autism Awareness Week in 2016: to engage adults and children across the country and to invite everyone to get involved! It’s a chance to bring autism to classes across the country and to encourage students and teachers alike to learn something new and participate in some different and exciting fundraising activities as well!

You will find loads of fundraising ideas and advice in this guide but don’t forget you can access a wide range of classroom resources on our website. Just visit www.autism.org.uk/saaw to download the right materials for you.

Find more about the Schools Autism Awareness Week here and download materials to join in with this campaign.