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In the week of 30 March - 5 April we encourage the public to take part in World Autism Awareness Week – a full seven days where people across the UK take part in activities to raise money and awareness for the National Autistic Society.

There are lots of ways you can still spread awareness, and get advice and support from our charity during this difficult time.

We need your help now more than ever to continue to provide support to autistic people and their families, who fear change and feel isolated more than most under normal circumstances. If you are in a position to do so, we’ve made it easy for you to do fundraising activities during the week from the safety of your home.

7 ways you can still get involved from home

  1. Read our tips on dealing with the impact of coronavirus
  2. Share our What is Autism? Film
  3. Follow our social media channels and share our video about the top 5 things autistic people want you to know
  4. Join the hundreds of people still doing a 7k for 700k challenge – design an active challenge to fit your ability and your home or outdoor space
  5. Set up a simple Facebook fundraiser and ask friends and family to donate – just go to this page, type in the amount you’d like to raise by when, explain to your network why you’re raising money and upload a photo – and you are set to go!
  6. Host a gaming streamathon or virtual board games night - use our resources on gaming if you need tips on getting started
  7. Download our workplace pack and use our Spectrum Quiz by Anne Hegerty to host a ‘virtual’ pub quiz fundraiser (using a platform like Zoom or Microsoft Teams) – just ask people to donate a few pounds to take part


We’ve also created some things to keep you occupied if you’re staying at home. Why not try:

Why we need your support

We’ve come a long way in raising awareness about autism but there's still more to be done. We need the public’s support to raise vital funds to continue running campaigns and influencing government decision making, training and sharing knowledge with professionals working with autistic people, and so much more – and that’s where you come in.

  • £5 could pay for a recently diagnosed adult to call our helpline for support and advice
  • £40 could pay for a parent of an autistic child to have an hour long telephone consultation with our Education Rights Service
  • £200 could fund our Parent to Parent service for a day.

To find out the best way to pay in any money you’ve fundraised for World Autism Awareness Week, follow the link below.

Pay in funds