World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognised day taking place on 2nd April every year. In the week of 1 – 7 April surrounding this day, you can take part in World Autism Awareness Week – a full seven days where people across the UK take on activities to raise money and awareness for the National Autistic Society.

This will be the twelfth annual World Autism Awareness Day. Joined by the international community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world, light blue in recognition of people living with autism. Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place all month to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support.

Pioneered by the National Autistic Society (NAS), World Autism Awareness Week aims to draw attention to the 700,000 people living with autism in the UK – both to educate those unaware of the condition, and to help make the world friendlier to those who are affected by it.

Embracing and promoting work or school-based initiatives, as well as virtual events – including the chance to “run, swim, cycle or walk 7km during the week to raise money for the 700,000” – the NAS is looking for people to step up to the challenge and help them highlight this issue across the UK!

How can I get involved?

There’s plenty of ways to raise awareness of autism and fundraise during World Autism Awareness Week. Click on the links below to get your awareness and fundraising resources. 

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