World Autism Awareness
Jigsaw Trust recognises the importance of promoting understanding and knowledge of autism to the wider community and 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.
If you are interested in supporting Jigsaw Trust and helping us raise awareness for autism you can reach us by email: [email protected] or telephone: 01483 277366
‘When my son has a difficult day he can behave in ways that are distressing to the public, he hits himself and cries out very loudly, and is not aware of others around him. Mostly this just makes people stare but sometimes it evokes comments from others ..I wish people could understand how hard this can be for him and for me…the more that people understand about autism the less difficult these situations would be’
WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS 2019
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. In 2019 we were proud to have the support Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (Guildford); Guildford Castle; Friary Guildford; Guildhall (Guildford); Guildford House and Cranleigh Arts Centre who kindly agreed to floodlight their respective buildings blue.
Dress Up Blue (at school and work) – Jigsaw asked schools and businesses to show their support for World Autism Day by organising a ‘Dress Up Blue’ day on/around 2nd April. This was a great opportunity to raise awareness of autism and show support for Jigsaw Trust’s work in the local community. Thank you to Hilton Hotel, Cobham and Alderwood School (Aldershot) for dressing up blue in support this year and to Manns of Cranleigh for creating a blue window display in their High Street storefront. For Schools: download an information poster here.
Fundraising for Jigsaw Trust: Jigsaw Trust also encouraged schools and businesses to raise funds, by asking students and colleagues for a small donation on the day. Fundraising makes a huge difference to the services Jigsaw Trust can offer children and adults living with autism and every penny counts towards protecting the services we offer as well as paving the way for new and exciting developments at Jigsaw.
Guildford Farmers Market
On World Autism Awareness Day (2nd April) Jigsaw’s adult learners manned a stall at Guildford Farmers Market based on the High Street in Guildford selling a variety of items including wares made and designed by our adult learners and pupils. It was great to meet so many people on the day!
Bucket Collection, Guildford – 30th March
On 30th March Jigsaw held a bucket collection at the Friary Guildford and the nearby High Street. We raised £147.59 – thank you so much to everyone who donated.
Get in Touch
Please get in touch and let us know if you can help. You can reach us by email: [email protected] or telephone 01483 277366.
Jigsaw Trust is committed to raising awareness of autism and to providing facilities, services and resources for the education, integration, guidance, assessment, outreach and support of people affected by autism. The Trust manages Jigsaw CABAS School which currently supports up to 68 pupils (aged 4-19), JigsawPlus which supports up to 45 adults and Cafe on the Park, a social enterprise that offers adults and pupils a range of work experience opportunities tailored to their individual abilities and needs.
Jigsaw School is unique within this field being the only fully accredited CABAS (Comprehensive Application of Behaviour Analysis to Schooling) School in the UK. Our approach means we are able offer personal and educational development that cannot be matched by the majority of traditional special needs schools.
The adults we support at JigsawPlus receive person-centred, individually designed learning plans based around their needs, likes and abilities and drawing on the appropriate and relevant topics from a comprehensive central curriculum. Additionally, community-focused activities and a range of vocational and life skills learning opportunities are offered through Jigsaw Enterprises. These services are vital to the individuals and families we support. There are very few specialist day services in the UK offering this level of community focused support and learning for adults living with autism.
Back in 2008, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day (A/RES/62/139) to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society. For more information on World Autism Awareness Day, please visit the United Nations’ website: UN.org webpages directly.
“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