On Thursday 29 March from 11am-4pm, local youth action project The Chatterboxes (part of YMCA Bournemouth) will be holding an event in Bournemouth Square to raise awareness of autism. The event is timed to coincide with World Autism Awareness Week (26 March – 2 April).
Organised by local young people who are passionate about the issue, the event will provide a space where people can learn more about autism in a fun environment. There will be activities for all the family, from interactive games to an art workshop to celebrate individuality, plus professional advice and support.
Visitors to the event will be able to:
- Find out the facts about autism
- Test their existing knowledge through interactive games and activities
- Celebrate their differences and what makes them unique
- Get advice about where to go if they need support
Learn more about the Chatterbox Project and what we are doing to ensure young people with autism are heard in our community
What is autism?
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people see the world and how they communicate with other people. Approximately 700,000 people in the UK are estimated to be on the autistic spectrum, around 1 in 100 of the population.
Why are we raising awareness?
Although 700,000 is a large number, false and often negative perceptions around the disability still exist in the UK.
This lack of understanding makes it difficult for people on the autistic spectrum to have their disability recognised and to get the support in place that they need.
Misconceptions can lead to some autistic people feeling isolated and alone, and in many cases has led to bullying and abuse.
For more information about The Chatterboxes or the event, please contact Ellie James on 01202 467000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read more about The Chatterboxes here