What is Autism Awareness Week and how can you get involved?

What is Autism Awareness Week and how can you get involved? Autism affects 1 in 100 people in the UK and the condition can make bringing up a child a very difficult experience (Picture: Getty)

If you’ve ever felt hazy on the facts when it comes to autism, now is the time to rectify this as it’s Autism Awareness Week.

For seven days, fundraising activities – including a virtual 7km walk – will be going on around the UK to fund The National Autistic Society’s main campaign.

This campaign is vital in improving autistic people’s lives and helping them become more integrated in society. So how does it all work and how can you get involved?

Here are the details you need.

What is Autism Awareness Week and how can you get involved? This week is designed for fundraising and will hopefully draw attention to autism as well as raising awareness of the issues involved (Picture: Getty)

Autism Awareness Week lasts from Monday 26 March to Monday 2 April.

It’s designed to help raise funds for a campaign called Too Much Information, which the NAS hopes will raise awareness of what autism is, what autistic people go through and how you can make their lives easier.

The organisation has published a report which suggests autistic people (of which there are around 700,000 in the UK) are still marginalised and isolated, despite people generally stating that they known what autism is.

There are also some very sobering facts and statistics about autism in the UK here.

What is Autism Awareness Week and how can you get involved? Even adults with autism have trouble with colours and emotions because of the way their brilliant brains work (Picture: Getty)

But this week is designed to help tackle these problem through fundraising.

The brand new activity this year is a virtual 7km walk/run which the organisers hope will help them raise £700k.

You can do it wherever and whenever you want for a £12 fee. Sign up for that here and receive lots of materials to help you get started and raise some cash.

Schools are encouraged to hold their own fundraising days or events and there’s a pack you can download for that here by signing up.

Or you can fund-raise for AAW in your workplace using the help provided here.

If you have other ideas about raising funds, there’s a general fundraising sign-up page here with ideas to help you out.

For inspiration on how to really nail your fundraising efforts, there’s a handy list of star fund-raisers on the site too.

To find out how to pay in the funds you’ve raised, head here.

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