This year’s World Autism Awareness Week has finished, but that doesn’t mean that the chance to learn about autism and how best to support autistic people is over. You can still watch our video, or download our school resources to give a lesson about autism.

To show you the amazing things that we’ve seen over the last week have a look below:

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock MP wrote about his plans for a new public awareness campaign

In a blog post on our charity’s news pages Matt Hancock MP wrote about his plans, that will launch later this year. We’re very pleased to see Matt Hancock make this commitment, as we’ve been campaigning for improvements in understanding and awareness for a long time. We will work with the Government to ensure this campaign makes a difference to autistic people’s lives.

Matt Hancock - Health and Social Care Secretary

Lots of schools learnt about autism

As part of World Autism Awareness Week, over 4,000 teachers and parents signed up their schools for free educational resources so children and young people can learn more about autism. This is fantastic!

Primary school children watching the Trummies video

Dungannon Branch opened their 'Forever Home'

Our Dungannon Branch in Northern Ireland opened their ‘Forever Home’, a safe space and base for the autistic children and adults that they support in their community. They fundraised for many months and refurbished the space, which is run entirely by volunteers.

Photo of Dungannon branch building

All the awareness our branches have been doing

During World Autism Awareness Week, many of our 116 branches held amazing events to talk about autism and inform the public about how best to make a world that works for autistic people. Here, we have our Thurrock Branch, who spent the day at intu Thurrock to spend the day changing attitudes. Well done!

Thurrock branch members

The Minister for Care became the first MP to attend our Understanding Autism session

The Minister for Care, Caroline Dinenage MP, visited our Birch House service in Godalming where she took part in our ever Understanding Autism session. She met the people we support and joined our staff at a street stall, to promote World Autism Awareness Week.

We’re also asking other MPs to attend our Understanding Autism session in Parliament of 1 May. Prime Minister Theresa May asked MPs to attend, and you can invite your MP too!

Minister Caroline Dinenage holding 'Understanding Autism' certificate

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Our wonderful Spectrum Night Walk participants

On Saturday, hundreds of inspiring supporters took part in our Spectrum Night Walks in 5 different cities across the UK.

Taking part across a distance either 5,10 or a whopping 15km in support of our charity, all of our participants were truly walking for a world that works for autistic people.

Photo of man and woman at the Spectrum Night Walk event

Hearing about the experiences of autistic people

Last week, we launched Stories from the Spectrum, which features voices from across the autism spectrum and highlights the rich variety of autistic experiences. We heard from five different autistic people and the strengths and challenges that they face.

We’ll be adding to these over the coming weeks, so keep checking back to hear more Stories from the Spectrum!

'I lose the ability to properly process or make sense of any incoming information, like the whole system has stopped.' Sumita, autistic writer and voice of Wren in Pablo

We’ve been truly inspired by what we’ve seen over the last week, and we hope that all of our supporters continue to create a world that works for autistic people in their families.

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