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Here are the resources we found for World Autism Awareness Week 2018 for young people:
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How Autism Freed Me to be Myself – Rosie King
“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16 year old Rosie King who is bold, brash and autistic. She wants to know: Why is everyone so worried about being normal? She sounds a call for every kid, parent, teacher and person to celebrate uniqueness.
Amazing Things Happen
A short animated introduction to autism for non-autistic children. This video aims to raise autism awareness, to create understanding and to encourage acceptance in future generations.
What is Autism?
Dwayne Way, 22, from South Wales has Asperger Syndrome – a form of autism. Using this film, he wants other young people to understand what autism is, and how it can impact your life.
Gabriel has partnered with Fixers UK to help other young people understand autism. Autism can be confusing for people who don’t know what it is. This video shares exactly what it can be like to be autistic when even simple situations such as sitting in a classroom can be overwhelming.
The National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger syndrome) and their families. You will find a wealth of information her on everything from diagnosis, care and support to transitioning to post 16 education and beyond. The NAS also offer advice, training and support to education and healthcare professionals and other support staff and employees.
Ambitious about Autism
Ambitious about Autism is a national charity for children and young people with autism. They provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and campaign for change. Through TreeHouse School, The Rise School and Ambitious College they also offer specialist education and support.
Autism and Autism Spectrum Conditions
Autism and Autism Spectrum Conditions affect how people think, behave and communicate. People are born with autism and ASC – they are lifelong conditions and no one knows exactly what makes some people have them and others not. This webpage from The Children’s Society contains some of their top tips for living with autism or an autism spectrum condition.
Asperger syndrome is part of the autism spectrum. This information sheet from Autism West Midlands details how people with Asperger syndrome may experience the core feature of autism. It contains information on the use of language, social situations, flexibility of thought, anxiety, and sensory issues.
An Introduction for Friendships for People with Autism
Many people with autism have friends, but the core features of autism can make it difficult for some to make new friends or keep current friendships going. This information sheet from Autism West Midlands explains what a friendship is and gives some hints and tips about friendship.