Are you autism aware?

World Autism Awareness Day Published: Monday, 1st April 2019

Warrington Borough Council is shining a light on the challenges of autism – and the importance of inclusion - as part of World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April.

Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

The global event is designed to build public awareness about autism and offers an opportunity to consider how people with the condition might need additional support to thrive. It also gives us a chance to celebrate the strengths of autistic people and how, with an increased understanding of the challenges autism presents, they can add real value to the workplace and communities.

Cllr Jean Carter, executive board member for children and young people, added: “Autism is a condition that can have a big impact on children and their families. Often there are difficulties in early childhood and taking part in everyday family and school life can be harder for children and young people with autism than others.

“People with autism can face particular difficulties with social interaction, but they also possess a great many strengths like attention to detail, honesty, creative thinking and a reflective approach, which mean that, given the right support, they can thrive.”

The Council recently published its Autism Strategy for 2019-2022. The strategy outlines how the Council will work with partners, families and communities to ensure people with autism:

  • Can live life to the full;

  • feel accepted;

  • are understood;

  • make the most of their talents and abilities; and

  • are treated as individuals, with respect

Cllr Pat Wright, executive board member for statutory health and adult social care, said: “Autism is sometimes described as a ‘hidden disability’. This is not only because there are no physical signs or symptoms, but also because people with autism are often some of the most excluded in society.

“People with autism face more challenges and barriers than most. Too many adults with autism are struggling for employment and appropriate housing, and we need to ensure that the right support is available for those who need it.

“With a little more acceptance, knowledge and a few adaptations, more autistic people would be able to live as independently as possible, enter work and be an equal part in their communities.”

To find out more about the Council’s autism strategy, visit warrington.gov.uk/downloads/file/8112/autism-strategy-2019-22-pdf

To get access to autism awareness resources for the workplace and free learning materials for schools, visit autism.org.uk/