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’.  Please see below for lots of information on the ways you can join in this important campaign to help raise awareness of autism this April.

2018 saw our Autism Awareness mascot “Jiggy” make 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!




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 were 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 turned their website blue (

We also had the support of a number of local businesses, schools, colleges and other organisations who ‘dressed up blue’ for the day to lend their support to raising awareness of autism – we’d like to thank Broadwater School, Farncombe, Godlaming; Roger Coupe Estate Agents, Cranleigh; Catalyst Support Guildford.

The charity gig took 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 plus Lisa Lo and Ryan Burman.  A huge success with over 100 guests enjoying the evening…watch this space for details of next year’s event!

Colour in a jigsaw shape to help promote Autism Awareness and join in our community jigsaw!   Click here to download a flyer: Autism Awareness Flyer  and   Colouring Activity

Across the month of April, Jigsaw were out and about in our local community raising awareness of autism.  We popped up at petrol stations, supermarkets, local theatres, schools and shopping centres!  Thank you to the following organisations for hosting our awareness activities:  BP Petrol Station (Alfold); Co-op (Cranleigh); The Friary Guildford as well as Guildford Tourist Information where you could pick up some literature on Autism Awareness (including a colouring activity).

Empowering Women and Girls with Autism”

For more information on World Autism Awareness Day, please visit the United Nations’ website: webpages directly.