As you probably know, AsIAm recently received funding to create a Youth Awareness Campaign to educate people aged 15-22 to have a better understanding of the condition. We have began designing the campaign, have established a Youth Action Team to help us (which meets for the first time this week!) and now we need your voice!
In January, AsIAm will visit Wicklow, Dublin, The Midlands and Clare (priority areas for this campaign due the location of our partner organisations) and host public meetings to hear from young people with Autism, and their families, around their experiences of growing up, what their peers attitudes are like currently and what other young people need to know!
We can’t stress enough how important this is – if peers are not aware it is hard to see how we can build inclusive schools, communities are workplaces and end bullying, isolation and exclusion.
We are committed to using this campaign, along with our schools programme, to build this awareness – but we need your voice!
Each meeting will receive a briefing on our forthcoming campaign and the thinking behind it and local autism advocates and their experiences of the attitudes and understanding of the condition among young people. We will then ask for the input of young people with Autism, their parents and siblings at the meeting in 5 key areas:
- How do you see Autism? What is your own viewpoint and experience of the condition?
- What do you think your peers understand / don’t understand about Autism?
- What would you like them to understand?
- Are there barriers to participating in the community compared to other young people? How could they be removed?
- What message would you like to send to other young people?
Please check out details our our meetings below, share the information and come along on the night!
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