World Autism Awareness

‘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’

Jigsaw Parent

Back in 2008, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2nd 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.

“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


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


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’.

For information on how Jigsaw supports World Autism Awareness each year, please visit our main Jigsaw Trust site pages:  World Autism Awareness and Jigsaw


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