World Autism Awareness Day is due to take place on the 2nd April; here at Leeds we are all looking forward to the upcoming event on the 3rd April to celebrate this internationally recognised day. At Specialist Autism Services one of our main aims is to raise awareness and knowledge of autism spectrum conditions within society and so a day dedicated wholly to ASC is a very exciting and important time for us as a service as well as to our members.
All of our workshops in Leeds are busy preparing for the big day; however members from our two art workshops are particularly excited and are keen to be involved in the preparations. The two groups have been busy working together to create an ‘achievement line’ which will be used to showcase samples of members artwork and creative accomplishments, illustrations to show what autism means to them, examples of their hobbies, interests and more!
Such collaborative working helps our members to develop their social and interpersonal skills, develop friendships and increase self-confidence; all of which are of incredible importance in allowing our members to achieve their potential and lead a fulfilling life.
Our art groups have made the ‘achievement line’ themselves using different coloured wool which has been spun together to ensure it is strong enough to support everybody’s achievements; the members’ own idea. It’s bright and colourful and will make a fantastic line for all members to peg their contributions to!
As part of our preparations some members have been researching famous people who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition and incorporated this into their artwork. Others have researched into how autism can affect an individual and looked at how Autism Spectrum Conditions is used as an ‘umbrella term’ for diagnoses of autism and Asperger’s syndrome.
Getting involved in the preparation for World Autism Awareness Day is a great opportunity for our members who are eager to contribute with raising awareness of ASC. One of our art members has written an acrostic poem about Asperger’s syndrome especially for our ‘achievement line’ which includes the powerful statement: “I have a responsibility to educate people about Asperger’s syndrome” which shows just how dedicated our members are in raising awareness of the condition.
At Specialist Autism Services we endeavour to make a positive difference to the lives of all of our members. Raising awareness is very important in making that positive difference as it further enables our members to integrate into the wider community and to achieve a higher level of social inclusion.
It’s not long now until World Autism Awareness Day is here and our Monday members are looking forward to attending the event to see all our hard work on show. We hope to see you there!
Find out more about the event by visiting the official website here