National Autistic Society World Autism Awareness Week Resources
WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS WEEK is between March 30th and April 5th 2020. Every year the NAS offer free resources for all age groups to help students learn about autism and better understand their classmates. The resources will help you to plan high quality lessons and assemblies. Download them from the NAS website https://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/world-autism-awareness-week/schools/free-school-resources.aspx
Woodfer’s World is a teaching resource aimed at primary school children aged 5-8. It has been designed to be a core part of a school’s work to promote inclusion, supporting teachers to create a truly inclusive environment, where everyone feels they belong and children are at less risk of bullying. All the stories have accompanying resources to download, including handouts, reflective questions, and workshop materials.
You can find other useful resources linked to World Autism Awareness Week, including videos, on the Autism Education Trust website: https://www.autismeducationtrust.org.uk/autism-awareness-week/
Peer awareness assemblies or class talks
Some pupils may feel comfortable telling others about their diagnosis of autism along with all their strengths as well as their differences. Others may ask a member of staff to help them with the powerpoint or may ask that it happens but while they're not in the room/ assembly. It is very important to consider the following when doing a peer awareness talk/ assembly:
- Is the pupil happy/comfortable that this is going ahead?
- Ask if the pupil would like to talk to the class/assembly on their own, with support or not at all.
- If they are not comfortable with the focus being on them then a more general talk on differences would be a good alternative