Today (April 2nd) is World Autism Awareness Day, an internationally recognised day by all UN member states, to help raise awareness of autism spectrum disorder throughout the world.
Perth Autism Support work across Perth and Kinross and currently support on average 240 young people a week through their services, with more than 985 families registered for their services.
Chief Executive of Perth Autism Support Angie Ferguson speaking about the work they do said: “Perth autism support is the only autism specific service within the Perth and Kinross local authority area. We support children and young people up to the age of 18 and their families, within Perth city but also to our rural outreach hubs across Perth and Kinross. Our main five service areas include our children services, transitions, family and education, employability services and training.”
Anyone looking to access all their services, need to register with them, this can be done in one of two ways, asking your school/health professional or any other agency who supports your family to refer you or by self-referral.
Importance of World Autism Awareness Day
The ideal way to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day is to become more familiar with the characteristics of persons who suffer from this complex condition. Let us increase our understanding and promote kindness by learning about the importance of this day.
1. There are various treatments for the disorder, but no cure is available.
2. People with Autism have distinct characteristics, behaviour and way to do things.
3. Autism is a life-long disorder, but job activities that encourage independence can increase daily skills and reduce autism symptoms, according to research.
How Can You Observe World Autism Awareness Day?
1. Share information with people who don’t know about autism and educate them about the characteristics of people with it.
2. Get involved with Autism associations and help people with autism with their activities planned for the day.
3. The day is the perfect day to spend time with your relatives and friends diagnosed with autism. Plan some sensory-sensitive activities to enjoy with them for the day!
4. Light it Blue. The blue colour is associated with a calm feeling and acceptance of people with autism. The “Light it Up Blue” campaign calls for people to wear blue to promote autism awareness worldwide. With many buildings also lighting up blue.
More information on Perth Autism Support can be found https://www.perthautismsupport.org.uk/
Further information can be found at https://www.scottishautism.org/
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