North Yorkshire County Council are running a series of forums over the next few weeks for anyone who would like to come and talk about autism in North Yorkshire. Each forum will involve a short presentation and some group discussion about how to implement new strategies within the community.
World Autism Awareness Week 2020 will be from 30 March to 5 April. 2020 will mark the completion of North Yorkshire County Council’s five year plan- ‘The Changing Landscape of Autism in North Yorkshire: North Yorkshire autism strategy 2015-2020.’
Since 2015 the Council have worked with autistic people, families, carers and social and healthcare professionals to help implement their strategies across North Yorkshire.
The group forum this Thursday at The Barn in Tadcaster along with many other locations in North Yorkshire will focus on how well the plan for Autism has progressed and where there is room for improvement. There will also be discussion about the next five years and what the objective’s priorities need to be until 2025.
According to the National Autistic Society, one in every 100 UK school child is autistic, and sadly over 40% of these say they have been bullied at school. Schools therefore play a huge part in promoting better understanding and acceptance of their autistic pupils.
This year in the UK, over four thousand schools signed up and took part in autism awareness and fundraising activities in their school. “It’s important that students are learning about autism so they can better understand their classmates.”
Autism is a pervasive development disability, often referred to as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). People with autism have difficulties in areas such as communication, social interaction, flexible thinking and sensory processing.
There are currently no regulations in place to ensure teachers in mainstream schools have qualifications and experience in teaching autistic children.
Drop in at The Barn venue in Tadcaster to have your say at 9.30am to 10.15am or 12noon to 12.30pm. Group discussions are from 10:30am to 12noon.