Photographs of campaigners We are absolutely delighted to be able to share with you SAGE’s experience of taking part in World Autism Awareness Week at Work this year. SAGE, who won themselves the top workplace fundraisers, have astounded us with their dedication and passion towards raising awareness in their workplace and beyond and who managed to raise a phenomenal £3,650, which has helped to fund ground breaking campaigns, such as Too Much Information. We want to say a huge thank you to SAGE and everybody else who took part in World Autism Awareness Week this year!

“We got involved this year because we feel that awareness of Autism Spectrum & Asperger Syndrome in society needs to be raised. At Sage we have an amazing team of Sage Foundation Ambassadors who work together to raise awareness and lots of cash to really make a difference!

During the week, we took part in a large number of station collections across the UK. Sage offices in London, Manchester Newcastle were all out in force and we even had some Sage employees collecting for an entire day! Here is what one of the team had to say…

“Though it was cold we had a very inspiring day. So many people stopped to chat with us who had autistic children or who were autistic themselves. We took hope in the story of one lady who told us that she had found her own strategies to help her cope with life and that help her with meltdowns. It’s encouraging that my young son who has Autism (Asperger’s), ADHD & Dyslexia will hopefully find his own ways to cope in the future and gives me a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.”

As a result, from taking part this year many of our staff members understand autism better, which has been really important.

We have won a lunch and learn and are really looking forward to understanding more about autism in the workplace. We plan to hold this event at out our head office in Newcastle with the aim of increasing leader engagement. The lunch and learn should also have a positive influence on existing colleagues and future employees at Sage who are on the Autistic Spectrum or live with Asperger’s Syndrome.”

Stefan, Sage Foundation Ambassador

World Autism Awareness Week 2018 will be taking place on the 26th March – 2nd April. What will you do?