Join in the first UK Schools’ Autism Awareness Week

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The UK’s National Autistic Society (NAS) is urging schools to become involved in its very first Schools’ Autism Awareness Week, which runs 14-18 March 2016

Schools are being encouraged to join up so that teachers and students can learn more about autism, increase awareness and raise funds by taking part in interesting and fun activities.

NAS says,

We know that indifference, intolerance and hostility towards autistic people and their families leads to extreme social isolation, mental illness and profoundly unhappy lives. But, we also know that helping young people – as well as teachers – to understand autism as they grow up will equip a new generation with the knowledge to accept and empathise with autistic people.

The charity says that at least 1 in 100 people in the UK have autism so the chances are there are autistic people at most schools.

You can download a guide to planning the week from the NAS website, as well as level-specific resource packs suitable for all ages.

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