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World Autism Awareness Week 2021

We want to see a more inclusive society for people with autism. A society where people have choice and control over how they live their lives. Our 2025 strategy highlights our aspirations through education and developing skills, whilst also influencing attitudes, resources and institutions. Each day this week we will take a look at how we are making strides towards this and what more is to come!


Monday – reduced school placement breakdown

It is every child’s right to receive an education. We want to empower schools to manage behaviour and remove barriers to learning. This year, like Elliott, many children have spent time out of education. Find out how our Outreach Team supported Elliott with a transition plan to make his return to education as smooth as possible.

Elliott enjoying school

If your child is struggling at school and doesn’t have an EHCP, you may still be able to receive extra support.


Tuesday – increased employability

Employment rates for people with autism are amongst the lowest of all those who require reasonable adjustments in the workplace. More needs to be done to support people with autism into work. David Anthony, takes a look at our own internship programme and how organisations can support their employees. You can also hear from Martin, one of our interns, in the video below. Or read about our exciting plans which include a free vocational toolkit for individuals and employees.


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Wednesday – people with autism have the life skills to live their ideal week

We want our learners to have choice and control over their lives. This includes making sure leavers have the right qualifications for their next steps. Sincoln loves art and design, so he plans his week around working towards AQA Awards to help him achieve his goals. Vocational skills are vital to people living the life of their choosing. Find out about how our Post-19 students have adapted to the pandemic to set up their own social enterprises.

Why not also have a listen to some of our senior leadership from across the services as they discuss the importance of building these skills from an early age.


Thursday – increased resilience and confidence in families

We want to support families across our services to have confidence in the decisions they make for their child. Take a look at one parent’s journey using our Early Years’ service.


Friday – communities are supported to include people with autism

For a variety of reasons, people with autism and learning needs may not feel supported. Alex, one of our interns, shares some of her experiences and how she’d like to see change happen. We need to break the cycle of prejudice and create communities that people with autism feel welcome in. How can you help? There are loads of ways that you can support. In her article, Pippa Day, Senior Fundraising Officer, highlights how businesses can help ignite this change.


Weekend read

As restrictions start to ease we are faced with a unique opportunity. Tracie Linehan asks, can we, as a society, take the steps needed to make our society more inclusive?

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