World Autism Awareness Week at Mires Beck
According to the National Autistic Society, autism is 'a spectrum condition and affects people in different ways'. Depending on the degree of autism that individuals have, they can have social communication/interaction challenges, repetitive and restrictive behaviour, over/under sensitivity to senses (such as light, taste, touch or sound), extreme anxiety, meltdowns/shutdowns, or a very high focus in hobbies/interests.
At Mires Beck Nursery, we make sure our service users/trainees are as comfortable as possible at our site. For example, in our main Oasis building (by the entrance), the Reckitts Foundation funded us with sound clouds to decrease the sound in the Oasis, especially for the service users who struggle and breakdown when loud noises are around them.
To contribute to World Autism Awareness Week, we are doing our version of the 7 challenges by filming and taking photos of our staff members and service users/trainees doing tasks that we might find easy, but some people on the autistic spectrum might find a little more difficult to do. We will be posting one challenge a day on Facebook that week, so please tune in to our Facebook page!
To join in with World Autism Awareness Week, you could take part in the 7 challenges that the National Autistic Society are encouraging to fundraise to help people on the autistic spectrum. Also, to help us improve our site to be able to support our service users who are on the autistic spectrum, please donate to our Just Giving site, or go to our donate button on our home page for more options.