World Autism Awareness Day 2013

People and organisations around the world will come together today (2nd April) to raise awareness of autism, with events and activities continuing throughout the month.

Autism is much more common than many people think, with over half a million people in the UK having the condition. If you include their families, autism touches the lives of over two million people every day.
(Information taken from The National Autistic Society)

In Shropshire Autism West Midlands are celebrating World Autism Awareness Month on Friday 5th April. The event will be taking place at St Barnabas Community Church Centre in Shrewsbury (SY3 7DN) from 10am-2pm. Entrance is free for children and £1 for adults. There will be toys, games, arts and crafts, information stands, sensory taster experiences and much more. There will also be a photographer to take children’s portraits and an autism friendly hairdresser – additional charges will apply.

Autism West Midlands LogoFor further information contact Emma Hegenbarth on 07989 682701 or email emmah@autismwestmidlands.org.uk.

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International Day for People with Disabilities

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Today (3rd December 2012) is International Day for People with Disabilities and coincides with the ‘All In’ Short Breaks Blog page going live.

Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability.

The theme for International Day for People with Disabilities 2012 is:
‘Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all’

“International Day for People with Disabilities is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. The day seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of the integration of people with disability in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
IDPwD brings together individuals, businesses, community organisations, and governments from every corner of the world to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions, skills and achievements of people with disability.”
(Text taken from http://www.idpwd.org)

For further information please click here which will take you to the United Nations webpage for IDPwD.