We’ve been really impressed with our Spectrum Night Walks participants, who have proven that even the current lockdown cannot stop them from stepping up to the challenge!
Our next Spectrum adventurer is Nava Ramanan, fundraiser and father to an autistic son. Nava completed his walk on Saturday 4 April. He chatted to us about how his walk went, why he took part in Spectrum Night Walks, and how he adapted his challenge to meet government restrictions.
Why did you sign up to Spectrum Night Walks?
I signed up to raise autism awareness and to increase understanding and acceptance of autistic people in our society.
My son was diagnosed with autism and ADHD when he was two-years-old. It has been hard work at times, and I often worry about him. However, he continues to surprise me daily. He makes me realise that there are so many positive aspects of being autistic and that he is a completely unique person because of it.
How did you complete your Spectrum Walk?
I walked 15km and raised £220. I walked on my own, maintaining social distance. I completed the walk as part of the one outdoor exercise per day, following the government's current advice.
Any tips for others taking on the challenge?
Social media is a great way to raise awareness.
I also set up a JustGiving page, which you can find here. I sent the link to family, friends and co-workers. Most of my donations are from my co- workers. I would really recommend doing this.
Many people’s day to day lives have been disrupted, due to coronavirus. Any general tips for coping with the recent changes?
In terms of practicality, it’s as simple as staying at home, washing your hands, and trying not to touch your face.
During this time of uncertainty, I think it is more important than ever for us to continue to raise autism awareness and find new ways to support autistic people and their families.
Watch Nava’s Spectrum Walk video
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