World Autism Acceptance Day 2024

World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) aims to put a spotlight on the hurdles that people with autism and others living with autism face every day.

Pioneered by the National Autistic Society (NAS), World Autism Acceptance Week aims to draw attention to the 700,000 people living with autism in the UK both to educate those unaware of the condition, and to help make the world friendlier to those who are affected by it.

The causes of autism are still unknown and unfortunately there is no known cure, however these are still being researched all over the world.

Autism has a varied range of spectrums affecting individuals in different ways.

  • Social anxiety
  • Repetitiveness
  • Over/under sensitive to light, sound, touch & taste
  • Highly focused interests and hobbies
  • Meltdowns/shutdowns

For many supporters with Autism football is at the core of their lives. They spend a lifetime watching, playing, reading, and talking about it. Life is richer for having football in it, although poorer for the costs involved in watching it!

Football has allowed fans with Autism to build relationships and forge friendships that may not have been possible.

We ask you all as MK Dons Supporters to embrace World Autism Acceptance Day and acknowledge that people are all very different. We are understanding more and more that people are ‘neurodiverse’ and an increase in empathy and understanding is key.

Thank you.

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