World Autism Awareness Week is always a highlight of our year with so many people talking about autism all over the world. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to campaign for better awareness of autism as well as acceptance and understanding for the 700,000 autistic people in the UK.

But we know that this campaign must continue past World Autism Awareness Week. Even though the week is now at an end, there remains lots you can do to support us in transforming lives and changing attitudes.

  • Autism Hour: we’re asking businesses to commit to make minor adjustments like dimming lights and reducing noise to make it less overwhelming for autistic people. Find out how you can get involved, whether you’re a customer or a business.
  • MP Training: Help us create a society that works for autistic people by inviting your Member of Parliament (MP) to our first ever Understanding Autism session for MPs.
  • School resources: We’ve got films, assemblies and tutor time and follow-up activities. Former Love Island contestant, Niall Aslam, talks about his autism and time at school for secondary schools. And you can meet the Trummies – six colourful characters who help celebrate difference for primary pupils.
  • What is Autism? film: watch and share our new film about autism featuring our ambassador and autistic gardener, Alan Gardner.
  • Pay in money: We are here to transform lives, challenge perceptions and build a society that works for autistic people – and the money you raise will help do just that. If you've already raised money and want to make sure it gets to us, there are several ways you can do this.
  • Download our poster: We asked autistic people and their families to tell us what they most wanted the public to know about autism – they told us the five biggest things they wished people understood. So to help you spread the word about the Big Five, we've put together a poster for you to share anywhere you think people need to understand more about autism.

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