Local primary schools urged to take part in autism awareness

Angus MP Mike Weir is supporting a nationwide charity challenge to help raise awareness of issues affecting pupils with autism and is calling on local primary schools to take part.

The Anderson Schools Challenge is a joint campaign between The National Autistic Society (NAS) and the Anderson Foundation, which asks schools to complete 50 fun and easy tasks in celebration of the 50th birthday of NAS.

The tasks, which range from fitting 50 items into a Smarties tube to holding an autism-awareness assembly, can be undertaken by 50 individual pupils or an entire class, unless any pupils fancy taking on all 50. Money raised will help the NAS to provide much-needed services and support for people affected by autism across the UK.

Mr Weir said: “I’m delighted to be supporting the Anderson Schools Challenge and call on all local primary schools to help raise awareness of autism. School can be a real struggle for children with the condition, but better understanding can make a real difference.”

Mark Lever, chief executive of the NAS, said: “We’re thrilled that Mike is encouraging as many schools as possible take part. Autism is more common than most people think – around one in 100 people have the condition and it touches the lives of over 500,000 families in the UK. Raising awareness and providing vital support can make a world of different to people with autism and their families.”

Mark Anderson said: “The NAS has been making a difference for 50 years to the lives of children, adults and their families living with autism. The Anderson Foundation Schools Challenge is a campaign designed to push forward autism awareness in schools as well as raising much needed funds for the NAS to continue to provide this essential support.”

Sign up to the Anderson Schools Challenge at www.autism.org.uk/schoolschallenge