AUTISM GUERNSEY will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary next month with Guernsey’s first ‘quiet walk’, which is taking place on Sunday 23rd April.
The event is aimed at creating an opportunity for all members of the community to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month.
Autism Guernsey said Autism Acceptance Month, is an international initiative created to change the conversation around autism, the autistic community and create a more inclusive society for everyone.
‘I am different. Not less.”
- Dr. Temple Grandin
Autism is a neurological-development condition, each person may have different experiences in relation to: -
- Social Communication
- Social Interaction
- Social Imagination
- Sensory integration
Some autistic individuals might not recognize social cues, become overwhelmed by their sensory environment, or perhaps most importantly, be misunderstood by those around them. Autism Guernsey said it is likely that each member of the local community is either related to a person with autism, knows a person with autism or is a person with autism.
This can include, meeting an autistic person without realising that they have autism, hence the reason autism is frequently referred to as a hidden or invisible disability, although the autistic community prefer to talk about their hidden abilities, of which there are many.
The quiet walk is being supported by Specsavers.
The walk takes place on Sunday 23 April at 5.30pm, starting at Market Square and finishing at the Yacht Club, where refreshments will be provided.