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Today, the National Autistic Society is excited to announce that we are launching a 3 year partnership with the Scouts in a project called A Million Hands.

A Million Hands aims to get its 500,000 Scouts from across the UK to take part in community action activities to raise awareness and change around social issues. The National Autistic Society is one of 8 charities taking part in the project and we are leading on its ‘Understanding Disability’ theme.

Over the next 3 years, we will be developing sessions and resources to get Scouts of all ages to understand disability and how Scouts can meet people’s needs in a thoughtful and proactive way. From there, Scouts will be going into their community to create disabled- and autism-friendly spaces where they live.

Throughout this partnership, we have worked with our Young Ambassadors to ensure that our programme is fun and engaging, including Sam, who used to be a Scout himself.

Sam says: “I’m really looking forward to this partnership between the National Autistic Society and the Scouts.

I have grown up Scouting and my Scout Troop helped me to overcome some of the challenges I have faced; I can without a doubt say that I have only got to where I am today through Scouting.

This partnership presents an opportunity for The Scouts to develop crucial skills for life and to help children to understand and accept autistic people nationwide.”

Tom Purser, our Head of Campaigns and Public Engagement says:

“This is a fantastic opportunity to create a world that works for autistic people. We know that a little understanding can go a long way, and A Million Hands is a great way to get children and young people talking about autism and disability.

Over the next three years, we’re looking forward to working with the Scouts to develop engaging and dynamic sessions so that Scout Troops all over the UK can create real change. It’s also a wonderful way for Scout Troops to be more autism-friendly and to understand how best to ensure autistic and disabled people can participate in their communities.”

Find out more 

If you would like any more information about the partnership, you can visit the Scouts’ website or email campaign@nas.org.uk.