A WIRRAL charity specialising in autism support is encouraging individuals, communities and schools to celebrate autism and autistic people this April.

April 2 marks World Autism Awareness Day, and Bromborough-based Autism Together is asking people to continue learning and thinking about autism right throughout the month, also known as Autism Acceptance Month.

The charity is sharing free resources with schools, while encouraging people to hold their own events and fundraising challenges throughout April to help raise awareness and encourage acceptance for autistic people everywhere.

Richard Whitby, Autism Together’s CEO, said: “This April we are asking the community to come together and celebrate Autism Acceptance Month in their schools, workplaces, and communities.

“Throughout the month we’ll be sharing free resources to help increase understanding of autism and the everyday needs of autistic people, in order to build a society and culture that is truly accepting of the condition.

“Understanding, support, and acceptance for autistic people is something we thoroughly believe in as a charity and service provider.”

The charity is also asking people to either plan their own Get Active For Autism challenge, or join one of the events it has set up for 2024.

So far, Autism Together has arranged an exciting Moonlight Trek on Wales’ highest mountain, along with the chance to take part in a charity sky dive.

Chloe Jones from Autism Together’s Fundraising team, said: “We’re encouraging people to arrange their own Get Active challenges, while getting sponsorship and helping raise money for our charity and the people we support.

“We also have our own events coming up later in the year, which we’d love people to sign up for and be part of. So, whether you want to parachute from 10,000 feet, or see the sunset on the top of Snowdon before making your descent by the light of a headtorch, we want to hear from you.

“But it doesn’t just have to be activity events – people love to hold fundraising bake sales during April to help increase awareness of autism and our charity. We’ve even created our own charity cake toppers which can be ordered online from our eBay shop and really help make bakes look fantastic, while helping a good cause.”

Autism Together is also offering schools the chance to be part of the month, through free teaching resources available to access via the charity’s website.

Chloe added: “These downloads are designed to help make learning about autism fun, engaging, and informative for both Primary and Secondary students.

“They even include a pre-recorded video presentation, to help teach young people more about autism awareness and acceptance.

“What’s more, we can offer one hour of free autism acceptance training for teachers based at Wirral schools. This is only available for training during the month of April, and is subject to availability.”