Take the next step this World Autism Awareness Day
42,000,000 steps around Australia to ‘Walk for autism’
Aspect invites all Australians to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day (2 April) by signing up to Walk for autism.
Walk for autism will take place from Saturday 2 April to Saturday 9 April with walkers deciding their own course, distance, location and time to walk during the week-long event. Participants can choose to walk individually or as a team, making the activity a great way to build healthy social connections with friends, family, and work colleagues during lunch breaks.
People who take part in Walk for autism will be able to track their individual progress on a fun and interactive website and see how they are contributing to the overall community goal of 42,000,000 steps.
Each individual step will be recorded to represent the efforts taken to raise awareness of autism as the community collectively takes the steps needed to walk around Australia’s coastline. All funds raised during Walk for autism will go towards supporting people on the spectrum and their families.
Walk for autism is one of many events being hosted by Aspect during 2016 as part of its 50 years of a different brilliant golden anniversary celebrations. Founded in 1966 – when little was understood about autism and limited help was available – Aspect is the product of the shared vision of six families who wanted specialist support and education for their children. The organisation has grown to become Australia’s largest not-for-profit organisation working with people on the autism spectrum and their families.
Aspect CEO, Adrian Ford, encourages people to join the Walk for autism to raise awareness about the strengths and diversity of people in the autism community and to pay tribute to those who began Aspect 50 years ago.
“During such an important time, we’re excited to put on our walking shoes, get outdoors and celebrate the brilliance of people on the spectrum,” said Ford. “Walk for autism is an event that the whole community can participate in, no matter their location, lifestyle or schedule.”
A full list of anniversary celebrations and events can be found at www.autismspectrum.org.au/50years
Facts about autism
- Around one in 100 Australians are on the autism spectrum, that’s as many as 240,000 people
- Autism is characterised by differences in communication style, social interaction and a preference for restricted or repetitive behaviours and interests.