This week we celebrate World Autism Awareness Week and Remtek is aiming to raise awareness and funds for campaigns to ensure that autistic people's needs are recognised during these challenging times.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people communicate and interact with the world.
Did you know that approximately 1 in 100 people are autistic and only 22% of autistic people are in employment?
This is because autistic people face huge barriers and discrimination in the workplace and society as a whole. So, this year we’re getting behind the awareness week to help drive change.
The National Autistic Society
As part of the awareness campaign the National Autistic Society has developed online resources for autistic people and increased the number of online social groups they run.
The society has also created a list of challenges that autistic people may share, including the two key difficulties required for a diagnosis:
- Social communication and social interaction challenges
- Repetitive and restrictive behaviour
- Over- or under-sensitivity to light, sound, taste or touch
- Highly focused interests or hobbies
- Extreme anxiety
- Meltdowns and shutdowns
Visit their website for a range of helpful information and guidance on autism and to find out more about any of the difficulties listed above click here!
The Independent - 9 best books to read
In support of World Autism Awareness Week ‘The Independent’ has listed the 9 best books to read.
They highlight that much of the literature about autism often focuses exclusively on autistic children, and have created a list that offers a variety of perspectives:
- ‘All Cats Are on the Autism Spectrum’ by Kathy Hoopmann, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- ‘The Spectrum Girl’s Survival Guide’ by Siena Castellon, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- ‘The Reason I Jump’ by Naoki Higashida and David Mitchell, published by Sceptre
- ‘Sex and the Single Aspie’ by Artemisia, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- ‘Stim: An Autism Anthology’ edited by Lizzie Huxley-Jones, published by Unbound
- ‘PDA in the Therapy Room’ by Raelene Dundon, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- ‘The Autistic Trans Guide to Life’ by Yenn Purkis and Wenn B Lawson, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- ‘Yoga for Children and Young People with Autism’ by Michael Chissick, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- ‘Justice for Laughing Boy’ by Sara Ryan, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
For more information on any of these books including where you can purchase these view the full article here!
Supporting World Autism Awareness Week
Here at Remtek Systems we have a variety of activities taking place across the week. Keep an eye out for our updates on social media. If you are a student, struggling with Autism visit our dedicated student website, Remtek Students for more support.
For information on any of the above get in touch with our friendly team today!