World Autism Awareness Week begins
29 March 2021
Today, 29 March, marks the beginning of World Autism Awareness Week. This is a great opportunity, supported by the Norfolk All Age Autism Partnership Board (NAPB), to improve the acceptance and awareness of those with autism and their families.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people communicate and interact with the world. One in 100 people are on the autism spectrum, and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.
The Norfolk All Age Autism Partnership Board is a collaboration of autistic people, parents, carers, those with an interest in autism, voluntary and statutory organisations, and service providers, all working together to achieve an autism-friendly Norfolk.
Trevor Key, NAPB Co-chair, said: “As the parent of an autistic adult, I invite you to get involved. If you have an interest in autism there has never been a better time to make a real difference, to enable autistic people to enjoy the opportunities that fellow citizens of our beautiful county take for granted.”
Find out more on the Norfolk Autism Partnership Board’s website.
Last year saw NAPB launch their five-year strategy: ‘My Autism, Our Lives, Our Norfolk’. This set out the county’s ambition to transform the support autistic people, their families and carers can access.
The strategy details nine priorities to be delivered over a five-year period. It responds to the NAPB’s and the autism community’s joint request to have in place a clear plan that sets out their shared vision, principles and intention to achieve positive outcomes for all autistic people and their families or carers living in Norfolk.
To follow NAPB’s social media campaign, please use the hashtag: #NorfolkAPB
For a better understanding of Autism, Norfolk County Council has co-produced, designed, and created an Autism Awareness e-learning programme with the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation and the Norfolk All Age Autism Partnership Board. The eLearning was developed to be shared to spread awareness and understanding around Norfolk and beyond!