Any mainstream schools doing anything for World Autism Day?

(23 Posts)
RaRaTheNoisyLion Sun 30-Mar-14 15:40:49

And if so, I'd love to hear about it!!!

Recent study suggests prevalence of 1 in 68 8 year olds.

clary Sun 30-Mar-14 19:14:18

DS2's junior school are asked to wear blue and they are going to watch DVD of autistic children talking about what their life is like and do some other awareness raising activities.

No money needed, just trying to make the children more aware.

DS2 goes to a mainstream secondary school and Wednesday is a non-uniform day. He will be wearing everything Minecraft (hoody, t-shirt, badges, lanyard, wristbands). I expect he'll be raising awareness of ASD in his own way.

stargirl1701 Sun 30-Mar-14 19:25:19

We had an assembly last Friday and the children are dressing in blue on Wed.

Levantine Sun 30-Mar-14 20:55:01

What's the significance of blue?

youarewinning Sun 30-Mar-14 21:04:49

There not - but I will send in a message suggesting they do. Uniform is blue anyway.
There are 5 children with ASD (that I know of!) in DS school.

Faverolles Sun 30-Mar-14 21:05:27

Dn's school is having a onesie day.
Ds's school (small school with a few autistic dc) not doing anything.

Sparklysilversequins Sun 30-Mar-14 21:12:36

There's a "light it up blue" organisation for autism awareness and many countries light up significant landmarks with blue light. Not many in the UK though but hopefully that will be different this year.

Sparklysilversequins Sun 30-Mar-14 21:14:26

Sydney Opera House

mummytime Sun 30-Mar-14 22:44:02

My local Cathedral always lights up blue. I don't know if the schools are doing anything.
1 in 68 seems very low compared to how many children I know on the spectrum, unless they are all drawn to the schools I know.

lionheart Mon 31-Mar-14 14:54:55

None that I know of but it would be great if they did.

mydaftlass Tue 01-Apr-14 21:03:55

Our primary school are doing something, yes. Great that they're raising awareness.

RooMoo Tue 01-Apr-14 21:06:32

In our playgroup we are doing onsie Wednesdaygrin

Sparklysilversequins Tue 01-Apr-14 21:07:35

I think I am going to suggest dd's school does something next year. Probably won't he all that popular considering how everyone bitches about the amount of dressing up days there are already but I have two dc with autism and I would love to see something done.

stillenacht Tue 01-Apr-14 21:10:16

My DH and I are going to combine our form groups to talk about it (our DS has severe autism). School no knowledge of it afaik

RaRaTheNoisyLion Wed 02-Apr-14 08:12:43


Good luck everyone.

Marmitelover55 Wed 02-Apr-14 18:30:01

My dd2's school also had onsie Wednesday for autism awareness day.

stillenacht Wed 02-Apr-14 20:16:35

Well we did it (I lead it...v emotional). Showed a video of our son and the news round special smile

RaRaTheNoisyLion Thu 03-Apr-14 13:39:10


lionheart Thu 03-Apr-14 14:14:54

That must have been hard, stillenacht.

How did they respond?

stillenacht Thu 03-Apr-14 22:39:53

One pupil left the room in tears. The others said nothing and just walked off...didn't even get a clap from the 40 assembled there...One lovely pupil smiled at me sympathetically whilst the video of my son was on. I truly think that empathy is decreasing in the young.....

RaRaTheNoisyLion Thu 03-Apr-14 22:43:25

Try not to dwell on the immediate response. The message has gone in. It WILL make a difference.

I don't think empathy is on the decrease, just the display of it.

lionheart Fri 04-Apr-14 19:02:52

Yes, maybe there is a big difference between what they show and what they really think and feel.

But I bet that what you showed them in the video, what you said and the very fact of standing up to talk about it will make a difference.

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