World Autism Awareness
“On this World Autism Awareness Day, let us all play a part in changing attitudes toward persons with autism and in recognizing their rights as citizens, who, like everyone else, are entitled to claim those rights and make decisions for their lives in accordance with their own will and preferences.”
Secretary-General António Guterres
Supporting Jigsaw Trust’s stated aims of promoting understanding and knowledge of autism to the wider community, the Trust actively promotes the United Nations annual World Autism Awareness Day (2nd April each year). The Trust organises and takes part in numerous activities during ‘Autism Awareness Month’ including the global ‘Light it up Blue’ campaign begun by Autism Speaks in the US. Please see below for lots of information on which buildings/organisations are ‘going blue’ for autism this year and all the other ways you can join in this important campaign to help raise awareness of autism this April.
For 2018, our Autism Awareness mascot “Jiggy” will be making his debut….he’s a fun character created to help highlight Jigsaw’s Autism Awareness activities and our thanks to Yard B Studios for bringing him to life for us!
WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS 2018
The ‘Light it up Blue’ campaign surrounding World Autism Awareness is a global initiative aiming to shine a light on autism – international landmarks floodlight blue for a few nights during the month of April in support of WAAD. In the past, the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls, Sydney Opera House, CN Tower, Shanghai Tower, Burj Khalifa (Dubai) have all gone blue for autism. Closer to home, we have been proud to have the support of Guildford Cathedral and our great friends the Hilton Hotel, Cobham.
This year we are enormously grateful to Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (Guildford); The Friary Guildford; Tunsgate Arch (Guildford); Guildhall (Guildford) and Guildford Castle for floodlighting blue as well as Eagle Radio who will be turning their website blue (eagleradio.co.uk).
The charity gig takes place at The Boileroom, one of Guildford’s best known live music venues, on Saturday, 14 April 2018 at 7pm. A night of indie-rock and psychedelic pop with London based “Rainbow Cat” headlining and fantastic special guests including BRUCH, Bethia and The Underwired – see our Facebook page for more details!
To book, see the links on our Facebook page or click here to book directly with The Boileroom.
You can download a jigsaw shape to colour in and send to us to include in our giant jigsaw we’ll be collating over the course of April. We’ll post a photo of the finished puzzle once complete! Click here to download a flyer: Autism Awareness Flyer and Colouring Activity
WHY BLUE? The Light it up Blue campaign first started by Autism Speaks in the US has been adopted as the colour to show your support for Autism Awareness across the globe.
For more information on World Autism Awareness Day, please visit the United Nations’ website: UN.org webpages directly.
Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue campaign in support of World Autism Awareness is again running throughout April – more information on this can be found at: Light It Up Blue