World Autism Awareness Week: events in Edinburgh

Today (Monday 27 March) marks the start of World Autism Awareness Week - an annual campaign to raise awareness and highlight the challenges facing the 1 in a hundred people in the city who have autism. World Autism Awareness Day is 2 April 2017.

Here are some of the events taking place this week:

Tuesday 28 March - The UPMO mishmash

The UPMO mishmash is a free event and will take place at Edinburgh Palette from 2pm-3.30pm.  A showcase of UPMO’s most recent short films jumbled up with live performances from the cheerleading and music workshops.

Thursday 30 March – 'The Autistic Gardener'

Head along to the Central Library from 6.30pm for an evening with autistic gardener,  Alan Gardner.

Thursday 30 March – Dr Seuss puppet show

Join the  UPMO’s games making workshop at the Wee Theatre at 2pm for a free 15 minute puppetry performance of The Pale Green Pants by Dr Seuss.

Sunday 2 April – Poetry and acoustic music

PASDA are holding a free acoustic music event with interludes of poetry reading, storytelling and comedy at The Granary.

Thursday 6 April – WAADstock 2017

The Cav will play host to this year’s WAADstock 2017 – a free event for over 18s. This evening of live music  will celebrate autism.

Health and Social Care Convener, Councillor Ricky Henderson, said: “World Autism Awareness Day is a fantastic opportunity to consider how some of us struggle every day through no fault of our own, and reminds us to show compassion and understanding.

“Edinburgh is fortunate to have some good services for people with autism but there is always room for improvement and we are committed to supporting those in need to reach their full potential and to lead happy and independent lives.”

Visit our autism pages for full details on these and other events. You can also read more about the various services the Council provides for people with autism. 

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