Starting on Monday 30th March, Glade Hill celebrated World Autism Awareness Week (WAAW). During this week staff held assemblies and also ran class discussion sessions to support our children in understanding the difficulties that people with Autism and other disabilities face, and how to be accepting of and celebrate people who are different. On Wednesday 1st April we all were allowed to wear 'onesies' or pink and purple in support of WAAW and to 'Stand out for Autism'!
We were very proud of the children at Glade Hill for all their hard work this week. They all showed great sensitivity, maturity and respect towards difference. Well done Glade Hill, you are golden and you definitely SPARKLE!
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people and the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain areas of difficulty, their condition will affect them in different ways. Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. You cannot tell someone has autism just from looking at them...therefore it is often called a hidden disability. However, people with autism may act in unusual ways and often have difficulties interacting with other people. There are around 700,000 people in the UK with autism - that's more than 1 in 100. If you need any further information on Autism, check out the Autism Society website: www.autism.org.uk