We All Came Together for World Autism Week!

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We recently celebrated World Autism Week from the 28th of March to the 3rd of April and what a week it was! From unique fundraising ideas, education, and activities in schools and workplaces, to lighting up the spectrum with well-known WA landmarks on World Autism Day. Throughout the week, we saw the community come together to celebrate the strengths and achievements of individuals with Autism and their families and then join us in sharing quotes, stories, resources, and information for the entire month of April in recognition of World Autism Month.

Let’s jump into the highlights from the week and month!

WA Landmarks #LightUptheSpectrum

Friday 2nd of April was World Autism Day. In acknowledgement of this special day, we partnered with some of our most well-known landmarks and buildings to light up metro and regional WA with all the colours of the spectrum! This spectacle made a bold statement about the importance of diversity in our community and brought us together to celebrate and recognise the strengths, achievements, and uniqueness of every individual. 

To get the community involved and illustrate the spectrum of colours, we created a trail map for the community to follow in the evening and encouraged them to join in our Light Up the Spectrum photo competition. As part of this, families set out on the trail snapping some amazing photos, capturing all the colours of the spectrum! You can check these out in our competition winner, Thomas’ photos below. He visited a number of landmarks in Perth City and took a photo at each. Thomas received an Autism Association gift pack, a $50.00 Visa gift card and one of our Autism publications.

We also can’t thank the WA Brick Society enough for generously adding to Thomas’s prize pack with free entry for Thomas and his family to the Lego Brick Lane event at AMAZE in Mandurah, the Everyone is Awesome Lego set, and 2 personalised video messages from current contestants on the Lego Masters TV show!

  This video was created using photos taken by our Team and photographer, Stack Art Photography
 
Thomas on the Trail 
Inspiring Stories 

Throughout the month of April we heard inspiring stories and experiences from many unique individuals with a range of different passions and talents. We learned about how they are each living their best life and what we can do as a community to get to know, support, and empower them.

Catch up on the stories here and discover the brilliant things that happen when we embrace the different talents and passions of everyone in our community. 

You can also listen Nathaniel, an inspiring voice from Mazenod College who is in year 11. Nathaniel talks on Mazenod College’s Leave Nothing Undared podcast about what World Autism Month and #IgniteChange means to him as a student with Autism. Listen here!

Fundraising for Change

It was fantastic to see a number of exciting fundraising events and activities held all over WA for World Autism Month. There were schools, community clubs, early learning centres, local councils and businesses getting involved to celebrate the month in extraordinary ways. From bingo nights to gym training sessions, individuals from all over the community got together to spread the message and inspire change in their own unique way.

Over World Autism Month, 15 teachers received a free copy of our Autism Heroes Resources Pack to build student knowledge about Autism and show them how they can support their peers with Autism in the classroom. There were also plenty of downloadable resources including high school and primary school packs, tools to fundraise, and a digital guide to everything happening over World Autism Week.

Teams at the Autism Association get Creative

A number of Teams across the Association came together during the month to catch up, celebrate and share their experiences supporting individuals with Autism. We reflected on what inclusion in our community means and how we can ignite change with the families and individuals we support.

Here are some of the creative ways our teams got involved: 

  • The East Fremantle Team decorated the building in colourful post-it notes with positive changes they have seen in the individuals they support. 

  • The Joondalup and Gosnells Teams hosted a morning tea. 

  • The Shenton got creative and combined Easter and World Autism Month together by hosting a guess of the number of Easter eggs in the jar. 

  • The Midland Team embraced the spectrum of colours by making their own rainbow cookies! 

  • The Marketing and Communications Team celebrated over dinner and dressed in the colours of the spectrum. They spent this time discussing the meaning of the colour spectrum, the messaging of the campaign and why this is important to what we strive to achieve each day.

The Wrap Up

Thank you to everyone who celebrated this month, it was a pleasure sharing so many incredible moments and watching the community come together through their own events, fundraisers and educational events to ignite change together!

Why? It takes a community to ignite change and April is a chance for us to create a conversation that keeps on going. By celebrating the uniqueness of each individual we can help ensure everyone in our community is empowered to live their best life!​​​​​​​

We’d love to see what you got up to for World Autism Month with your friends, family and community! Send us your photos and stories to share across our channels at communications@autism.org.au or tag us on social media! Also check out our hashtags #IgniteChange and #LightUptheSpectrum on Facebook and Instagram to see what the whole community got up to over the month.

What’s Next? 

Stay posted on our website and social media for any news and upcoming events. While we couldn’t host our usual Sensory Sessions just yet, these are still in store so keep an eye out to register when new dates are released on our events calendar page.

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