29 March 2017
Shetland takes part in World Autism Awareness Week
It’s World Autism Awareness Week and local agencies have put together a programme of events and activities for people with autism and their families, to raise awareness of autism in Shetland.
Around 1 in 100 people are diagnosed with autism, which means an estimated 220 people have autism in Shetland. Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person perceives and experiences the world and interact with others. People with autism see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. Autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be 'cured' and while all people with autism share certain difficulties, being autistic will affect individuals in different ways with some individuals living independently while others require specialist support.
Clare Scott, Executive Manager Adult Services said: “We would like to invite everyone in the community to wear blue on Thursday 30th March to help raise awareness about autism. We have also organised events for Sunday 2nd April and the program can be viewed at www.shetland.gov.uk or from the information boards at Isleburgh Community Centre, Clickimin, Mareel and VAS Market House”.