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(UK) Borough of Sutton celebrates "World Autism Acceptance Week"

April 1, 2022, SW Londoner: Sutton Council celebrates World Autism Awareness Week

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To celebrate World Autism Acceptance Week, an education support service run by Sutton Council have arranged six events concluding with a youth-led conference today. The youth-led webinar will be an opportunity to hear from eight young people from primary, secondary and college students the oldest being 25-years-old. Rebecca Duffus, is an advisory teacher at Cognus, the service commissioned by Sutton Council to provide education services to mainstream schools and specialist education providers in Sutton. Duffus, who arranged the festival, wanted to empower autistic individuals by giving them an opportunity to share their own experiences and raise awareness…. Autism resources were sent to schools and Duffus talked on how main characters in books or famous people help autistic young people to feel represented. She also highlighted the importance of social media and how autistic people are using the platform to spread awareness of the condition…. Cognus Autism Service is an education support service owned by Sutton Council and focuses on providing inclusive education for young people with social communication difficulties or autism…. This year World Autism Awareness Week is held 28th March to 3rd April and the internationally recognised World Autism Awareness Day is 2nd April…. “This is why World Autism Acceptance Week is so important. It’s a chance to get society talking about autism and finding out more about what it’s like to be autistic from autistic people.” This year’s Autism Awareness Week’s theme set by the UN has been in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Quality Education.


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