A group of fundraisers wearing National Autistic Society Spectrum T-shirts
A group of fundraisers wearing National Autistic Society Spectrum T-shirts

World Autism Acceptance Week is our flagship fundraising campaign. The campaign aims to galvanise the UK to help create a society that works for autistic people, and encourages participants to support us through fundraising and awareness-raising activities.

Join us by signing up your company to fundraise and raise awareness and help us make 2024 our biggest World Autism Acceptance Week yet.

Why we need your support?

With your support, we can transform lives by providing information and practical advice for the 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, as well as their three million family members. We can change attitudes by improving public understanding of autism and the difficulties many autistic people face, and campaign for better services.

Only 26% of autistic pupils feel happy at school
Only 29% of autistic people are in any form of employment
70% of autistic people experience mental health problems
There are over 150,000 people on the waiting list for an autism assessment in the UK

Corporate partnerships make a huge difference to our work. Your support is vital and helps us to create a society which works for autistic people.

Contact your Account Manager or corporate.partnerships@nas.org.uk for further information on how to support World Autism Acceptance Week 2024.

The toolkit below has been developed to support your efforts.

How to support the campaign

Staff fundraising ideas

Get fundraising this World Autism Acceptance Week and take part in a Spectrum Colour Walk on Saturday 6 April. We are in London, Leeds and Birmingham this year. Suitable for all ages and abilities, our sponsored 5km walks take place in a calm, inclusive green space. Come on your own or bring a team, raise money, get a medal and have a colourful day out.

Or take on the virtual challenge from your office in World Autism Acceptance Week, and you will receive a fundraising pack and can create your own teams!

Together we can make every step count to create a society that works for autistic people and every penny raised by you this World Autism Acceptance Week enables us to do this.

Don’t forget to share your photos online with World #AutismAcceptanceWeek

Promote on social media

Use the following copy to support your World Autism Acceptance Week activity:
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We’re proud to support @Autism #WAAW24 campaign 💚 ​Only 26% of autistic pupils feel happy at school.
Support the National Autistic Society to help autistic children have a happy and fulfilled time at school.

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We’re proud to support @Autism #WAAW24 campaign 💚 ​Only 29% of autistic people are in any form of employment.
Help support the National Autistic Society to ensure autistic people are given proper opportunities to work.

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We’re proud to support @national-autistic-society #WAAW24 campaign 💚 Only 26% of autistic pupils feel happy at school.
Support the National Autistic Society to help autistic children have a happy and fulfilled time at school.

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We’re proud to support @national-autistic-society #WAAW24 campaign 💚 ​Only 29% of autistic people are in any form of employment.
Help support the National Autistic Society to ensure autistic people are given proper opportunities to work.

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We’re proud to support @NationalAutisticSociety #WAAW24 campaign 💚 70% of autistic people have mental health problems.
Help support the National Autistic Society to ensure all autistic people feel accepted.

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We’re proud to support @NationalAutisticSociety #WAAW24 campaign 💚 There are over 150,000 people on the waiting list for
an autism assessment in the UK. Help support the National Autistic Society to reduce diagnosis wait times.

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Share our internal news story with staff

We’re proud to promote our charity partner, the National Autistic Society’s fundraising campaign, World Autism Acceptance Week, this month.

One in 100 people are autistic and we know many are not confident to share their diagnosis due to the stigma that surrounds autism. The aim of the campaign is to get people talking about autism and help those who are struggling to reach out for support.

The last two years, Lloyd’s Market Association has chosen the National Autistic Society as its charity of the year. Fiona (HR, Academy and Communications Director) from the LMA has had a special reason for getting involved. Her daughter Matilda, aged 11, is autistic and she wanted to help other autistic people and their families. In Fiona’s words:

A mother and daughter on a Spectrum Colour Walk

'In many ways, Matilda is like every other child, but in other ways, she is a bit different – she can only wear certain fabrics, eat certain foods, and struggles when her routine is disrupted or something unexpected happens. Sometimes this causes her to have a meltdown. However, over time, we have become much more adept to managing the situation, something as a parent you have to do.

We are exceptionally lucky that Matilda was diagnosed with autism at age six and at primary school received direct support in class. Most girls are not diagnosed that young, and many families are not this lucky. It’s for that reason I wanted to support the National Autistic Society during this special week.'

You can help support the campaign, and ensure the National Autistic Society is always there to support autistic people and their families, by sharing the charity’s posts on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Just £50 could support the National Autistic Society’s online community and help an autistic person to enter a safe space to discuss their thoughts and feel heard. Times are tough for many right now. But if you can, why not consider making a donation to the National Autistic Society? Your donation could change someone’s life.

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Dear xxx

We’re proud to help promote our charity partner, the National Autistic Society’s fundraising campaign, World Autism Acceptance Week this month.

One in 100 people are autistic and we know many are not confident to share their diagnosis due to the stigma that surrounds autism. The aim of the campaign is to get people talking about autism and help those who are struggling to reach out for support.

The last two years, Lloyd’s Market Association has chosen the National Autistic Society as its charity of the year. Fiona (HR, Academy and Communications Director) from LMA has had a special reason for getting involved. Her daughter Matilda, aged 11, is autistic and she wanted to help other autistic people and their families. In Fiona’s words:

'In many ways, Matilda is like every other child, but in other ways, she is a bit different – she can only wear certain fabrics, eat certain foods, and struggles when her routine is disrupted or something unexpected happens. Sometimes this causes her to have a meltdown.'

You can help support the campaign, and ensure the National Autistic Society is always there to support autistic people and their families by sharing the charity’s post on social media, or by making a donation.