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Thursday, 29 March 2018

From the 26 March 2018 until 2 April 2018 is World Autism Awareness Week. Over 99% of people have heard of autism, but only 16% of autistic people feel the public understand them. 

This week community campaigners and parliamentarians raised awareness by taking small actions to make a difference to help autistic people. Through fundraising, lobbying and participating in night walks. 

Dame Cheryl Gillan, chair of the all-party group on autism, opened the debate this week in Parliament, and informed MPs that in each constituency in the Commons, there are approximately 1,000 people who will have autism. The chair of the APPG on Autism stated, that 79% of autistic people and 70% of families with a member with autism feel socially isolated, and 28% of autistic people have been asked to leave a public space because of issues associated with the condition. 

Too Much Information (TMI) is a campaign delivered by The National Autistic Society to increase public understanding of the five core features of autism and to give people an understanding of what actions they can take to help autistic people. 

The campaign challenges the myths, misconceptions and stereotypes. TMI helps the public to understand autism, the person, and the change they can make.

Those five core features of autism are:
  • anxiety in social situations
  • anxiety with unexpected changes
  • sensory overload
  • meltdowns
  • processing time
For further details for volunteers who wish to learn more on the campaign, or get involved see link: http://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/tmi/about/report.aspx

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