Latest Events World Autism Awareness Week 2021 We Celebrated In Style Autism Awareness Week 2021 was a great opportunity to recognise the achievements of the people we support, and celebrate all the obstacles they have overcome during the past 12 months. The Covid-19 pandemic has proved to be a challenging time for us all. However the impact on the autistic community has been especially difficult, even pushing some families to crisis point. With the dedication and hard work of our staff team, we have been able to successfully operate throughout the pandemic, and ensure we could continue providing vital support for our members. We must say, we have been blown away by the resilience and versatility shown by all the people we support and we think they deserve recognition too. To show just how proud we are of everyone, we ran a series of inclusive events, culminating in our 'Dream Big Quiz' which you can download below. We also had our very first 'Autism Superheroes' awards, which we hope to make an annual event. The Dream Big Quiz We all had a great time at our ‘Dream Big Quiz’ which we held to celebrate Autism Awareness Week. We linked our bases and members at home through zoom so everyone could take part. We had a great variety of questions submitted by our members and Michael made a wonderful quizmaster! Click here to download the quiz and play at home. Leeds Autism Services Superheroes Awards We had our very first 'Autism Superheroes' awards during the week, which we hope to make an annual event. We wanted to make sure that all our members know how heroic they've been during the pandemic, so we presented them with a certificate and medal for all the great things they’ve achieved during a very difficult year. Katie and Kerry did an amazing job of hosting the event, and we linked up on Zoom so everyone could get involved. James and Josh made us all feel incredibly emotional when they surprised us by handing out their own awards to the staff who support them. It really was an incredible moment. Well done everyone, those awards were very well deserved! Free training session for families During the week we also held a free online Autism Awareness Webinar for families and members of Leeds Autism Services. We were able to achieve this thanks to the fundraising efforts of two of our staff, Megan and Olivia. We hope to run another couple of sessions in the coming months for those who couldn't make it. Hopefully, we'll be able to deliver them in person next time, but until then we will be hosting a recording of the webinar here on the website, so keep your eye out for it! Activities We had a fantastic selection of activities which took place throughout Autism Awareness Week for people in base and at home to get involved in. These included: Rainbow and sunflower themed arts, crafts and decorations Designing your own positivity themed t-shirts LAS Award Ceremony Making ceramic medals in our pottery studio Creating certificates of achievement Filming a video to recognise people's achievements over the past 12 months Challenge LAS quiz If you're not a member of Leeds Autism Services, you can still join in the fun by making some of our fun rainbow themed recipes, or creating some wonderful crafts! Instructions are all below, just click on the links or images below to view or download them. Have fun! Hanging Rainbow Collage Tissue Paper Sunflower Rainbow Suncatcher Handprint Sunflower Vegetarian Rainbow Pizza Rainbow Cupcakes Rainbow Cookies Rainbow Cake It's never too late to help us out Autism Awareness Week 2021 may well be over, but you can still help us by taking part in fundraising challenges and events, or just by helping us share our campaigns to raise awareness, increase understanding and promote inclusion of autistic people. Fundraising We will have our own 'Challenge LAS Quiz' available to download during the week. Challenge your family & friends and test your knowledge on a variety of trivia. Questions have been submitted by our wonderful members. As a charity, we appreciate every penny gifted to us. We rely on donations and fundraising events to purchase specialist equipment, invest in activities to develop skills and ultimately help more autistic adults and their families in Leeds. Find out all the ways you can Support Leeds Autism Services and help make a big difference. Support Our Latest Appeal We want to raise money to put on a Covid-secure celebration or outing for our members, their families and our wonderful team of support staff. We want to celebrate the strength and resilience everyone has shown throughout the pandemic, and give thanks for the ongoing patience, understanding and support that people have shown during this challenging time. Check out our new appeal page to find out more. Raising Awareness We aim to change attitudes towards autistic people with our Autism Positivity Campaign launched last year. Our vision is to create a world where autistic people are understood, accepted and have equal access to opportunities. This campaign aims to educate, enlighten, inspire, and get people thinking differently about autism. Please download our #AutismPositivity images and share on social media to help us spread the word! What Is Autism? Here is 'Amazing Things Happen', a great short film by Alexander Amelines which aims to promote understanding and acceptance of autism in future generations; this video is a great way of helping non-autistic people understand what autism is. In too many cases, it is not being autistic which causes peoples difficulties, but a poor understanding of what autism is, and the undervaluing of what autistic people have to offer. Find out more about what autism really is, the history of the condition and dispel common myths with our About Autism area of our website. Find out more If you would like any more information or would like to talk to a member of staff about how you can support Leeds Autism Services please contact [email protected] and one of our friendly team will get back to you. Booking for this event has now closed.