Autism Acceptance Week

Autism, in a similar way to the congenital heart diseases that we are involved in, is a hidden disability – you can’t tell that somebody suffers from it from their image. This is something that people, particularly children, struggle to understand, which means that autistic people are frequently misunderstood, and that nobody is able to tell or help when they may require support with things like communication and using their imagination.

You can see how, just like a heart disease, these factors lead to awful consequences for children; having to sit out of events, feeling overwhelmed and unsure, and struggling to find others that understand. Autism Acceptance Week is a two-pronged fork that seeks to tackle problems like the ones mentioned: not only is there a huge effort in schools to provide leaflets and presentations about the issue and spread awareness and understanding, but there is also a big push with regards to fundraising for things like research and support groups.

While the week is great for drawing attention to the issue, and that of similar illnesses, the battle does not stop there. We thus encourage you to be considerate and try to help out in any way you can not just this week, but throughout the year. It could be a small monthly donation, or even something as simple as putting posters about charity events and raising awareness in the staff room at work – often, people with hidden illnesses can be helped out a lot just by people being aware about simple techniques to ease their difficulties: for autism, it could be that people just need a bit more space and time, or that they would really benefit from having somebody agree to be their buddy for a social event.

Below are some easy and effective ways for you to help people with hidden diseases like autism and congenital heart diseases:
-Pin a poster up in the staff room –https://dy55nndrxke1w.cloudfront.net/file/24/P-t5TW6P-rU9lgEP-qLRPialHu/Chris%20Packham%20Workplace%20Awareness%20sheet_20220228%20%281%29.pdf

-Join Heart Heroes’ Give Hope campaign –https://heartheroes.co.uk/givehopedonate/

-Buy a gift for a loved one from a charity’s shop – https://heartheroes.co.uk/shop/
-Share a short video with your workplace or school –https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4qYAuDuRDyM

We hope you get involved!

Autism Acceptance Week, which runs from the 28th March to the 3rd of April this year, has just celebrated its 60th anniversary, and as the week draws to a close it’s important to think about how it’s message can live on through our daily actions.

Autism, in a similar way to the congenital heart diseases that we are involved in, is a hidden disability – you can’t tell that somebody suffers from it from their image. This is something that people, particularly children, struggle to understand, which means that autistic people are frequently misunderstood, and that nobody is able to tell or help when they may require support with things like communication and using their imagination.

You can see how, just like a heart disease, these factors lead to awful consequences for children; having to sit out of events, feeling overwhelmed and unsure, and struggling to find others that understand. Autism Acceptance Week is a two-pronged fork that seeks to tackle problems like the ones mentioned: not only is there a huge effort in schools to provide leaflets and presentations about the issue and spread awareness and understanding, but there is also a big push with regards to fundraising for things like research and support groups.

While the week is great for drawing attention to the issue, and that of similar illnesses, the battle does not stop there. We thus encourage you to be considerate and try to help out in any way you can not just this week, but throughout the year. It could be a small monthly donation, or even something as simple as putting posters about charity events and raising awareness in the staff room at work – often, people with hidden illnesses can be helped out a lot just by people being aware about simple techniques to ease their difficulties: for autism, it could be that people just need a bit more space and time, or that they would really benefit from having somebody agree to be their buddy for a social event.

Below are some easy and effective ways for you to help people with hidden diseases like autism and congenital heart diseases:
-Pin a poster up in the staff room –https://dy55nndrxke1w.cloudfront.net/file/24/P-t5TW6P-rU9lgEP-qLRPialHu/Chris%20Packham%20Workplace%20Awareness%20sheet_20220228%20%281%29.pdf

-Join Heart Heroes’ Give Hope campaign –https://heartheroes.co.uk/givehopedonate/

-Buy a gift for a loved one from a charity’s shop – https://heartheroes.co.uk/shop/
-Share a short video with your workplace or school –https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4qYAuDuRDyM

We hope you get involved!