Step up and help create a more inclusive world for children growing up on the autism spectrum - so they don't get left behind
Despite the growing number of children on the autism spectrum, many of their peers are still not familiar with what autism is and what kind of support they can and should provide their friends.
Lack of understanding means many children on the spectrum struggle to make and keep friend and are left out of social activities – leading to feelings of exclusion and isolation.
At Aspect, our goal is to create a world where no-one on the autism spectrum is left behind. But we can’t do that without the support of everyone in the community. For children on the spectrum to meaningfully participate in the world around them, there needs to be change in the classroom.
Walk for autism is an easy, fun and rewarding way for your students to learn about autism, get active and create positive change for children on the spectrum.
Because it is a virtual event, you and your students can decide the course, location and time you want to walk during the 8 day event. Challenge each other to walk 10,000 steps before and after school, during recess and lunch breaks.
Get the entire School involved or break into Staff, Year or Class Teams and challenge each other to raise as much as possible to support children on the autism spectrum.
World Autism Awareness Day
If an 8 day event is just that too much to organise, why not hold a one day event? World Autism Awareness Day falls on Tuesday 2 April 2019 so is the perfect day to step up and support people on the spectrum.
Invite your students to Go Colourful for autism and sell colourful jelly or cupcakes in the canteen and ask for a small donation.
Set up a fun course around the oval and challenge your students to complete it as many times as possible.
Set-up a games day where each classroom can get involved and play!
To help kick-start your Walk for autism, download our Tips for Autism-friendly and Inclusive Interactions sheet and share with your students. These have been developed in partnership with people on the autism spectrum so we can all play an active role in creating a more inclusive world.
Taking part is easy
Once you have decided how you are going to take part in Walk for autism, follow the steps below:
- Decide how you want to split your Teams: School Team, Staff Team, Year Team or Class Team?
- Nominate a Team Leader(s) to create the Team(s)
- Decide who will be in each team
- Invite participants to set-up their personal fundraising page and join their team.
- Set Team fundraising goals
- Get everyone together and brainstorm ideas on how to smash your step and fundraising goals
Why your school or class should get involved?
Autism is a lifelong condition. An estimated 1 in every 70 people in Australia is on the autism spectrum. Along with their family members, this means autism is a part of daily life for over a million Australians It is likely that one or more of your students are dealing with the everyday challenges that an autism diagnosis brings.
By taking part in Walk for autism, you can create an opportunity to discuss autism, educate your students and provide tips on how they can better support their classmates and friends who are on the spectrum.