World Autism Awareness Week: events in Edinburgh

Today (Monday 26 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 Monday 2 April 2018.

waaw18Here are some of the events taking place this week in Edinburgh:

Monday 26 March – Library reading – Colin Williamson

This reading is a free event and will take place at Wester Hailes Library from 1.30pm. A storyteller, public speaker and keen historian, Colin Williamson is also dyslexic and was diagnosed with high functioning autism later in his life. At this event he will give a short presentation about his life and late diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 48.

Monday 26 March – “Life Animated” at the Filmhouse

Life Animated tells the story of Owen Suskind, an autist, who at the age of five learned to communicate by watching Walt Disney films. After the screening, a panel of individuals from the autism community in Lothian will be available to answer general questions about autism. 

Thursday 29 March – 'The Autistic Gardener'

Head along to the Central Library for 7pm for an evening with autistic gardener, Alan Gardner. Returning by popular demand, Alan will appear for the third time to give his personal insight into his life. Tickets can be reserved here.

Thursday 5 April – WAADStock 2018

ATIK will play host to this year’s WAADStock 2017 – a free event for over 18s. This evening of live music will celebrate autism from 7pm until 10.30pm.

You can find the full list of events here.

Councillor Ricky Henderson, Chair of Edinburgh Integration Joint Board said: “World Autism Awareness week is a fantastic opportunity for us all 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 great 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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