The day had musical performances by young people and activities delivered by the Foundation, including football skills and a penalty shoot-out, with charity wristbands given out to all the students and their families.
Chirpy, our mascot, was also on hand to support the day, aimed at raising awareness of people, especially children, with autism and the challenges they and their family face.
To mark the school’s ‘Stand up for Autism’ campaign, hundreds of balloons were launched, including one for the Foundation, in recognition of the support from families, the community and organisations.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.
The Foundation, through Section 106 funding, provide six hours a week of dedicated support and sports coaching to the young people at Durants school.