In 2007, the United Nations officially recognised autism’s impact and unanimously declared April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day in an effort to “highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of children and adults… so they can lead full and meaningful lives.” World Autism Awareness Week and even Month are now celebrated by organisations worldwide, with a host of events intended to raise awareness of autism in local communities.

Autism Network Scotland has created a map of World Autism Awareness celebrations happening nationally.  We’ve also added all of these events to our calendar; you can click here to browse the calendar by day, or you can use the list below to find events by area.  Click on the event to be taken to the full details on our calendar.

If you know of an event not listed here, please email Autism Network Scotland with the full details.


Multiple Locations – Autism-friendly screenings

Date: varies
Organiser: Dimensions UK

In celebration of World Autism Awareness Day, additional Autism-friendly screenings of several movies, including Disney’s Zootropolis, Kung Fu Panda 3, Batman v Superman, The Peanuts Movie, Eddie the Eagle, The Railway Children and Alvin & the Chipmunks 3 will be held at locations across Scotland.

For more information or to find a screening near you, click here.



31 March: Young Scotland’s Got Talent 2016



8 April: NAS Pop-Up Shop for Autism


Dumfries & Galloway

5 April: Art Workshops & Access Exhibition

6 April: Eiger Paraclimber Team Lecture & Film – ‘DEFIANCE’

7 April: Art Works!

7 April: Paragon Music Workshop

7 April: Try it Out Session with Adapted bikes for people with disabilities

7 April: Try it Out Sessions: Sports & Yoga

8 April: Sports and Activities @ The Ryan Centre

8 April: Hotel Transylvania 2 Autism-Friendly Free Screening

8 April: Try it Out Session with Adapted bikes for people with disabilities


East Lothian

4 April: PASDA Awareness-Raising Stall



30 March: ‘Truestory’ Book Launch

2 April: ‘Billy the Kid’ Cinema Screening & Discussion

4 April: Open Day at Upward Mobility

5 April: Open Day at Upward Mobility

April 7: WAADSTOCK – A Night of Music

Edinburgh Autism Champions Information Stalls:



9 April: Up & Coming Talent Show in aid of Autism Rocks (Fife)



30 March: Autism Information Event at the new Autism Resource Centre, Partick

2 April: Autism Awareness Month Film Screening of Alvin & the Chipmunks: the Road Chip

21 April: KEY Autism Conference


North Ayrshire

5 April: Autism Awareness Coffee Morning


North Lanarkshire

2 April: Family Drop-in at the One Stop Shop


Scottish Borders

2 April: Dr & the Medics in Concert in support of BAAGS

7 April: Autism Information Afternoon


South Ayrshire

2 April: Culzean Castle Early Opening

5 April: Autism Awareness Coffee Morning



31 MarchMinions Autism-Friendly Screening

23 April: One year on: the Autism Strategy for Stirling & Clackmannanshire