World Autism Awareness Week

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World Autism Awareness Week - 29th March - 4th April 2021

The Social Communication and Autism Team are excited to share a range of resources to help celebrate World Autism Awareness Week. We feel it is so important that young people understand their diagnosis and we are passionate about Autistic people being understood by the people around them – World Autism Awareness Week is a great opportunity to make this happen!

Early Years Resources

National Autistic Society Teachers pack
NAS_EY Resource daisyandollie_202101120_Teacher.pdf (

Primary Resources

Primary Assembly PowerPoint, Teachers Pack, Pupil Activities, Trummies 5 rules poster
Free learning resources for your school (

Secondary Resources

Secondary Assembly PowerPoint, Teachers Pack, Student Activities, ‘What is Autism’ Poster
Free learning resources for your school (

Fundraising for the National Autistic Society

This year the NAS is promoting a 7-themed challenge to raise money
Super 7 Challenge ( 

Video clips to help pupils and staff understand Autism

Amazing Things happen by Alexander Amelines

Amazing Kids, Amazing Things Project

BBC My Autism and Me

Resources for use in assembly – Key Stage 2 and above

Kenzi’s poetry campaign for kindness

Kenzi’s poem “I’m Just me” for playing in school assemblies - (A secure resource)
Kenzi’s accompanying classroom work sheet designed to stimulate reflection and action amongst primary and secondary school students Please right click and save for printing.
The opportunity in the work sheet for schools to feed back with examples of their own children’s ideas for showcasing.

Famous People with Autism

Lots of people with a diagnosis of Autism are successful. Below are a list of famous people who are Autistic. You could ask pupils to research these celebrities and help them to understand that everyone on the spectrum is different.

Albert Einstein, Iqra Babar, Greta Thunberg, Chris Packham, Emily Dickinson, Jessica – Jane Applegate, Guy Martin, James Durbin, Susan Boyle, Ladyhawke, Tim Burton, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Daryl Hannah, Heather Kuzmich, Niall Aslam, Anne Hegerty


Please encourage staff and older pupils to use and follow the national hashtag of #autismawarenessweek during Autism Week.

Book Recommendations

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time, Mark Haddon
Joe, the only boy in the world, Michael Blastland
A friend like Simon, Kate Gaynor
Tobin learns to make friends, Diane Murrell
Looking after Louis, Lesley Ely and Polly Dunbar
When my Autism gets too big, Karl Dunn Buron
I’m a teenager… Get me out of here, Carolyn Brock
The reason I jump, David Mitchell
Everybody is different, Fiona Bleach
The London Eye Mystery, Siobhan Daud
Jasper and the Magpie, Dan Mayfield
Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome, Luke Jackson

Please let us know how you decided to celebrate World Autism Awareness week in your school. Photographs, feedback from pupils and teachers… lets raise the profile of Autism in Derby City!

Louise, Davinia and Miriam