Between the 29th March and the 4th of April Smithills School marked Autism Awareness Week. All forms were invited to take part in a hunt for very significant famous people who have been diagnosed with autism and who are linked to certain subjects. The forms that returned all the names won a prize.
On our return after the holidays, the reason for the hunt was revealed and Session 0 was spent celebrating our differences, talents and skills. An assembly presented information about autism and shared that, although people with autism have many strengths, it is important to recognise that it is also a lifelong disability that affects how people communicate and interact with the world.
Students finished their activities with quizzes and now have a better understanding of the challenges that someone with autism faces every day and that the first step is helping to make the world around people with autism easier to tolerate.