Autism Awareness Week
This week it’s World Autism Awareness Week, which is celebrated every year by the National Autistic Society, who are the UK’s leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families.
Since 1962, they have been providing support, guidance and advice, as well as campaigning for improved rights, services and opportunities to help create a society that works for autistic people.
What is autism?
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. One in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.
This short video explains in further detail what autism is: https://youtu.be/Lk4qs8jGN4U
The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly tough for many autistic people and their families, due to many services being closed. The changing guidelines and restrictions can be confusing and hard to understand and extremely difficult to implement for autistic people with high support needs.
The National Autistic Society has received support that has enabled them to campaign for the rights of people with autism, including making sure that autistic people have been included in mask exemptions and that they have been given more opportunities to exercise.
They have also developed online resources for autistic people and increased the number of online groups they run.
To find out more about World Autism Awareness Week and how you can get involved visit https://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/raise-money/world-autism-awareness-week
How can Abicare help?
We provide home care and live-in care for people with a range of learning disabilities (including Autism), from mild learning disabilities to severe mental incapacities.
We also provide respite care, and we will work with you and your family to create the best care package suited to your needs.
To find out more about the services we provide and to book a free care assessment, please visit https://www.abicare.co.uk/who-we-support/
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