Across Scotland, people are today taking part in events and activities aimed at raising awareness and acceptance of autism. We would like to offer some background to World Autism Day and to highlight some of the activities that people are taking part in around the country.

You can find out more about these activities and events on the Autism Network Scotland Events Calendar.


The Origins of World Autism Day


In 2008, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force, reaffirming the fundamental principle of universal human rights for all. The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Day (A/RES/62/139) to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who have autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives.


“World Autism Awareness Day is about more than generating understanding; it is a call to action. I urge all concerned to take part in fostering progress by supporting education programmes, employment opportunities and other measures that help realize our shared vision of a more inclusive world.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the World Autism Day 2014


The Scottish Strategy for Autism was launched in November 2011 as a national ten year autism strategy, which addresses the entire autism spectrum and the whole lifespan of people living with autism in Scotland. You can find out more from the Scottish Strategy for Autism website.


Our Special Edition Newsletter

Our World Autism Day Edition of our regular newsletter can be found below, containing details of many activities that people are taking part in around the country. Included in the newsletter is information about:

  • Our Autism Champions Awards
  • Autism: Life in Colour 2014
  • Peter Howson: ‘Putting Autism On The Map’
  • Lothian Autistic Society’s #LAS10Things campaign
  • The launch of the Richmond Fellowship Scotland’s Autism Strategy 2014-2017.
  • And much more.





Our Events Bulletins

Our two World Autism Day Events Bulletins feature information on the many events taking place around Scotland to celebrate World Autism Day and to raise awareness as they do so.

Included in the first of these bulletins are

– Autism: Life in Color 2014
– Autism Network Scotland’s Engage at Strathclyde Twilight Education Session
–  A Seminar on Promoting emotional health and wellbeing in young people with autism, at Falkland House School
– Project Ability presents Cloud – A solo exhibition from Henrik Pätzke
– Autism-Friendly Swim Session – Sat 5 April, in Galashiels
– Girls Night In: Charity Swish Clothes Swap
– Autism-Friendly Cinema Screenings at Eden Court Theatre
– and much more.




Included in the second of these bulletins is:

– City Centre Entertainment from Perth Autism Support
–  Highland One Stop Shop First Anniversary Celebrations
–  ‘Scott v Zombies’ Comic Book Artist Talk & Auction
– World Autism Day Fair in Edinburgh
– Autism Resource Centre Information Day in Glasgow
–  The Gallery On The Corner Exhibition Preview