What is Autism Awareness week?

20th March 2017

I've been a part of this college since September and although it may not seem like that long, I have seen many different faces around the college from a variety of courses. It's clear to see how this is an all inclusive college. Just by talking to other students and staff here, you will become more and more aware of how people's needs are met. In my class alone, we have a number of people with learning difficulties, and one student in particular who has autism is accompanied by an LSA.

An LSA, which stands for 'Learners Support Assistant,' comes into my class to help people who need assistance while learning. I feel like the learner support assistants that come into our class are a part of our class, they help every student with their contribution within classes. Similar help is available throughout the college, like fund raisers, and this means the situation with a range of learning difficulties being supported becomes part of the normal work we all do.

Like a learning disability, autism is a lifelong condition. Autism is sometimes referred to as a spectrum (autism spectrum disorder) as some people may have mild, moderate or severe autism. There are three common features of autism, which might affect the way a person interacts with others in a social situation, is able to communicate with others or the way they think about and deal with social situations. 

Autism Awareness Week aims to teach a better understanding of what autism is. This will mean that autistic people are better able to lead the lives they choose without feeling excluded and by getting the help that they need. There are loads of ways that you can get involved to raise money for Autism Awareness Week, from a cake sale or a quiz night to cycling or walking. Getting involved could change lives, this is our chance to raise money and the awareness so that people can understand what autism is and so that autistic people can receive the support needed.

 
Written by Sarah Ghdhban, Creative Media Student

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