World Autism Awareness Week: Peterborough woman launches social media cards to bust myths

A woman from Peterborough has launched social media cards to bust myths following World Autism Awareness Week (March 29 to April 4).

Sunday, 4th April 2021, 5:28 pm

Elisa Ferriggi has been helping families to understand and support children with autism for more than 17 years.

And this World Autism Awareness Week she has developed a series of cards that can be posted on social media to help bust the myths around autism.

According to YouGov research conducted for the National Autistic Society, while 99.5 per cent of people in the UK have heard of autism only 16 per cent of autistic people and their families believe people understand autism in a meaningful way.

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Free online courses relating to autism are being held

The cards, along with a series of free online events, are designed to help people embrace autism rather than seeing it as a problem to be ‘corrected’.

“It’s time we moved on from autism awareness to autism understanding, acceptance and empowerment” Elisa said. “Collectively, we need to show more kindness and support and much less judgement to families of children with autism.”

The cards, which include phrases like “autism isn’t always visible” and “autism is not a disability, it’s different abilities” are available for people to download @ThinkAutismLtd on Facebook where there are also more details of the free online events taking place in April:

. Tuesday, April 13, 10am - workshop for parents on explaining autism to siblings: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/explaining-autism-to-siblings-think-autism-tickets-143054137777

. Wednesday, April 14, 1pm - parents can learn more about the core features of autism and the support available: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuduGvrjwvGd0nlxkxZAc5s5UO_ilHkzpn

Visit https://www.facebook.com/ThinkAutismLtd to find out more.