Autism Awareness

Thursday 04 April 2019

“Follow the three R’s: Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for all your actions.”

Dalai Lama.

This week marks the beginning of the annual campaign for Autism Awareness and Ark Boulton Academy will be raising awareness through our students and community.

“During the month we will try to focus our attention on the issues that people with the Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) face in their everyday lives. We will also promote autism awareness and autism acceptance. There are many people surrounding us every day who live with this condition. Autism affects more than 1 in 100 people, which means that over 700,000 people in UK live with this condition. As the cause of autism is still not completely understood, many people lack understanding and have a misconception as to what autism is and its' affects. Therefore, increasing awareness of autism is paramount in ensuring people with autism receive the right support they justly deserve. 

Here at Ark Boulton Academy we want to make sure that all our students with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition have the highest opportunity to achieve the best possible education which will then secure a high quality of life in adulthood. We make sure that as a school we provide an inclusive environment for all individuals with this condition and promote acceptance and appreciation of the unique aspects of our students with ASC. We want to make them feel valued for their gifts and as the unique individuals they are growing up to be." Mr Ptak, Leader of Enhanced Provision.

Well done to Mustafa in Year 9 for helping deliver assemblies to his peers throughout the week to raise awareness for the cause. It took a lot of courage to stand up and talk infront of so many people and we are very proud.

Autism is a developmental condition of which the cause of is still unknown. The number of people with autism is increasing. Understanding autism has become ever more important in our society and it presents a significant opportunity to teach people compassion through awareness.

Often there is a negative stigma attached to people with autism. This is due to the misunderstanding of certain behaviour. People with autism have wonderful qualities worth recognising and highlighting. A vast number of people with autism are highly intelligent. See ‘Famous Autistic People’ article for an interesting read.

I see life like a canvas, which tells us about life and our destiny. The difference between me (an autistic person) and a person that is not autistic is that whilst they have all the colours in the rainbow to paint with, I only have the primary colours to curve my destiny.”

Quote from a student at Ark Boulton Academy.