World Autism Acceptance Week
World Autism Acceptance Week is an annual event that takes place in the last week of March to promote acceptance, understanding and inclusion of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This year, the event is taking place from March 27th to April 2nd, and is an opportunity to celebrate the strengths, abilities and achievements of people with autism.
Assistive technology to support people with ASD
One of the major challenges that children and young people with ASD face is accessing the school curriculum. Many students with autism have specific learning needs that require support from assistive technology. CENMAC is a leading provider of assistive technology services for students with special educational needs, including those with ASD.
We offer a range of technologies such as eye gaze systems, speech recognition software, and specialist computer access devices, which can help students with autism to access the curriculum and participate in classroom activities.
How assistive technology can help
Assistive technology can also help to develop communication skills in students with autism. Many people with autism experience difficulties with social communication and interaction, which can impact their ability to form relationships and interact with others.
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices can help to overcome this barrier by providing a means for students to express themselves in ways that they may not be able to do verbally. CENMAC offers a range of AAC devices and software, including communication apps that can be used on tablets and smartphones.
Our guide to when CENMAC comes to visit shows how assistive technology can help.
Case study – Daisy
Daisy is a chatty and bright student, who has a diagnosis of Autism and ADHD. CENMAC has supported Daisy’s learning since March 2020. Daisy is currently at Burlington House – 6th Form after enjoying her time at Limpsfield Grange School. In this case study we interviewed Daisy’s father, Kevin and her SENCO, Mrs Grace. Our student ambassador Khamani also recorded a video interview with Daisy.
Societies that support people with ASD
There are a number of societies that support people with autism and World Autism Acceptance week is a great opportunity for them to teach people about autism, raise awareness and fundraise.
National Autistic Society (NAS)
The National Autistic Society (NAS) is one of the leading charities in the UK dedicated to supporting people with autism and their families. They offer a range of services including information and advice, support groups, and training for professionals. During World Autism Acceptance Week, the NAS will be running a series of events and activities to promote understanding and acceptance of autism.
Walk for Autism
Walk for Autism is a fundraising challenge to walk 10,000 steps every day from Sunday 26th March to Sunday 2nd April. That’s 8 walking days in total. This is a virtual event where participants can walk or run 10,000 steps a day for a week to raise funds. The event aims to promote physical activity and wellbeing, while also raising awareness of autism.
Ambitious about Autism
Ambitious about Autism is another charity that works to improve the lives of children and young people with autism. They provide specialist education and support services to help children and young people with autism to develop their skills and reach their potential.
World Autism Acceptance Week is an important event that promotes acceptance, understanding and inclusion of people with autism. It is vital that we continue to work together to ensure that people with autism are accepted and included in all aspects of society.
Author: David Howard, CENMAC Advisory Teacher