Jenny Paterson, director of the National Autistic Society Scotland, said:
“At least one in 100 people are autistic, so chances are that children will come into contact with the condition as they play, learn and grow.
“We are holding our first ever Schools Autism Awareness Week to help children and young people understand autism. We hope that this will reduce indifference, intolerance and hostility in communities, and equip a generation with the knowledge to accept and empathise with autistic people.
“We are very grateful to Mark McDonald MSP for supporting the campaign, and hope that pupils across Aberdeen enjoy taking part in the games and activities we have developed for schools.”
Commenting, Mark McDonald said:
“I am delighted to give my support to the first ever Schools’ Autism Awareness Week and have written to every school in my constituency to encourage them to take advantage of the excellent resources available to enable pupils to learn about autism in fun and imaginative ways.
“I look forward to learning about the activities being carried out during the week within my constituency and across the length and breadth of the country. I hope that my fellow parliamentarians get involved too and encourage their local schools to participate.
“By helping children and young people better understand autism, indifference and hostility will be further reduced and a greater acceptance will improve the lives of autistic people.”
For more information on the Schools' Autism Awareness Week visit: www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/world-autism-awareness-week/schools-autism-awareness-week.aspx
See Mark's motion below:
Motion S4M-15289: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/01/2016
That the Parliament welcomes the National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland’s first Schools Autism Awareness Week, which is scheduled to run from 14 to 18 March 2016; understands that the aim of the week is to encourage schools across the country to help pupils understand autism by planning fun and imaginative lessons, activities and assemblies; notes that NAS Scotland has developed resources to support the schools that are taking part; believes that there is a great potential for the week to improve the lives of autistic people by helping children and young people better understand the condition, and hopes that a greater awareness of it in schools will equip a new generation with the knowledge to accept and empathise with autistic people.
Supported by: James Dornan, Nanette Milne, Christian Allard, Mary Scanlon, Stuart McMillan, John Wilson, Bruce Crawford, Jackie Baillie, Hanzala Malik, Dennis Robertson, Adam Ingram, Cara Hilton, Colin Beattie, Graeme Dey, Rob Gibson, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, Liam McArthur, Anne McTaggart, Michael Russell, Kevin Stewart, Jean Urquhart, Nigel Don, John Mason, Kenny MacAskill, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Jackson Carlaw, Elaine Murray, Neil Findlay, Fiona McLeod, Angus MacDonald, Gil Paterson, Sarah Boyack, Tavish Scott, Sandra White, Clare Adamson, Linda Fabiani, Siobhan McMahon
Current Status: Achieved Cross Party Support