World Autism Awareness Day


It is World Autism Awareness Day on the 02 April – it is a day to recognise and think about the rights of people living with autism.  

Autism affects the way people communicate and experience the world around them. 

Autism is a spectrum of developmental conditions. 

Every autistic person is different. Some are able to learn, live and work independently, while many have learning difficulties or co-occurring health conditions that require specialist support. 


Facts about autism

  • It is a disability that people have for life 

  • More than 1 in a 100 have autism. 

  • It is thought that around 700,000 people are living with autism in the UK 

  • People living with autism see, hear and feel the word differently to other people 

  • Some people living with autism can live relatively independent lives whilst others may need specialist support for their whole lives 

  • Other people find bright lights or sounds, some tastes, smells or colours difficult to cope with   


How can we support people living with autism?

It is important to understand the right way to communicate with people who are living with autism.  

We want to ensure our communications are suitable for you – if the information you receive from us is not suitable. Please get in touch – so we can find a better way to communicate with you.  

We can provide information in a variety of formats including accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording and braille.  

If you would like further information, please visit the National Autistic Society