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World Autism Awareness Week

Posted on 1st April 2021

29 March – 4 April 2021 #AutismAwarenessWeek

World Autism Awareness Day aims to spotlight autism to increase awareness about people and especially children who have autism. There is also an aspiration to develop world knowledge about autism and deliver information on how important it is to detect an early diagnosis.

Autism affects both men and women of all races in all countries. It has an especially large impact on children.

In 2021, the UN has chosen the theme Inclusion in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World.

Persons with autism have long faced many inequalities, which have only been further exacerbated by the pandemic. It’s a problem made worse by long  recognised discriminatory hiring practices and workplace environments that present major obstacles for persons with autism; all of which contribute to the unemployment of a large majority of adults on the autism spectrum.

People with Autism and autistic traits have many great achievements and should be valued for their talents and uniqueness. See below:

Chris Packham

Spring Watch Presenter Chris is also an ambassador for the National Autistic Society.

Sir Anthony Hopkins CBE

Award winning Welsh actor best known for his role as Hannibal Lector in The Silence of the lambs.

Dan Ackroyd

An American actor and comedian who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and Tourette syndrome as a child.

Daryl Hannah

Hannah is famous for roles in Blade Runner, Roxanne and Kill Bill.