World Autism Awareness Week

World Autism Awareness Week 2018

World Autism Awareness Week takes place this year from Monday 26 March to Monday 2 April 2018. To mark this, there are lots of events happening round the city.  

Information stall

Monday 26 March from 10am to 2pm
Location: Edinburgh University Library, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LQ

A drop in event for Edinburgh Univeristy staff and students.

Library reading by Colin Williamson 

Monday 26 March from 1:30pm
Location: Wester Hailes Library, 1 Westside Plaza, Edinburgh, EH14 2ST

Colin WIlliamson is a storyteller, public speaker and keen historian. He 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.

Pasda will also have a representative there with literature and resources. The event is free and there is no need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.

Filmhouse “Life Animated”

Monday 26 March from 6pm to 7.30pm
Location: The Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ

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. Tickets cost from £4.50 to £10. Buy tickets here. If you are a carer, you will receive a free companion ticket if you buy a ticket for the person you care for. This event is hosted by Pasda

Skills Development Scotland tour

Tuesday 27 March from 9 to 10am
Location: Careers Centre, 79 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh EH2 4SD

Find out about Skills Development Scotland from our friendly careers staff. Louise and Eilidh will take you on a quick tour of our premises and will tell you what to expect when you come along to our careers centre. At the end of the tour we will show you our web resources and you will have the option of trying out our virtual reality games, an exciting way to find out more about careers. Find out more about our services at Places for this session are limited and must be booked in advance. To book a place please email

Information stall

Tuesday 27 March from 12 to 2pm
Location: The Courtyard, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh EH8 8BG

A drop in event for City of Edinburgh Council staff.

Create! An Autism Showcase

Wednesday 28 March from 11am to 6pm
Location: Central Library, 7-9 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EG

This free drop in event is a showcase of creative work by autistic adults and organisations that support them. Project SEARCH, iwork4meIntowork and The Action Group will be there to offer advice on employment, and there will be a host of organisations there to provide autism awareness information.This event is hosted by Pasda.

An evening with Alan Gardner

Thursday 29 March from 7 to 8:30pm
Location: Central Library, 7-9 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EG

This is Alan’s third visit to Edinburgh Libraries, returning by popular request. Alan will give a personal insight into how life with Asperger’s is in his world. Alan talks honestly and openly about his life and his achievements. We will have refreshments afterwards where you can speak to Alan and the organisations in the room about your story and find out what is available in Edinburgh to assist you. This event is free, but you need a ticket to attend. Get your ticket.

WAADStock 2018

Thursday 5 April from 7 to 10:30pm
Location: ATIK, 3 West Tollcross, Edinburgh, EH3 9BP

A live music event to raise awareness of autism. Come along for some amazing performances from amazing acts who have a form of autism and know or care for someone who has autism. Entry's free and there's no need to get tickets - just turn up.

Scottish Autism “Creative Me” exhibition

1 to 30 April 
Location: Ocean Terminal, Ocean Drive, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ

A diverse range of artwork created by autistic people. Curated by Scottish Autism.

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