It’s World Autism Awareness Month, but for all of us its very different this year.
Coronavirus is causing mass disruption to all our daily lives and there is great uncertainty about what the future holds. We are all living in a state of flux, with guidance changing daily.
This unprecedented crisis will have a profound effect on children and young people with autism and their families. Many, already deeply affected by isolation, anxiety and financial hardship, will struggle to cope with what the coming months may bring.
Impact on young people and their families
Autistic children and young people already face enormous barriers in life, familiar faces and daily routines they rely on have been turned upside down, and this will feel impossible to deal with for many.
This pandemic presents another deeply difficult challenge for parents and carers, who already struggle to access support, and experience stress, isolation, poverty and family breakdown. Alongside navigating what this means for them, they need highly specialist, autism-specific support and guidance.
How Ambitious about Autism will help
Ambitious about Autism is determined to be there for our autistic community at this hour of need. We will do this by;
Providing vital information online for parents and carers during this crisis and beyond;
Empowering parents and carers to connect and support each other through our Talk about Autism online network;
Supporting our network of autistic young people and enable them to develop materials for their peers;
Providing essential additional IT equipment and resources for the 250 autistic children and young people in our schools and college, so they can access education and support when they need to be at home.
Help us support more autistic young people and their families
The cost of delivering this support is around £500,000.
This is urgent funding, an unanticipated cost, directly occurring as a result of the pandemic crisis. What’s more, we need to act straight away.
Please support our crisis appeal by making a donation and help us be there for vulnerable autistic young people and their families.
Advice and support
This World Autism Awareness Month, we’re sharing resources for families and autistic young people to help them manage anxiety and adjust to self-isolation at this challenging and uncertain time.
Download our weekly planner [editable template]
Download our daily planner [editable template]
Download our daily routine planner [editable template]