World Autism Acceptance Week this year is from 2nd - 8th April and there's plenty of ways to get involved! 

Silly Sock Day

Just before Acceptance Week starts, you can get involved with Silly Sock Day. 

Last year Silly Sock Day raised an amazing £2,500 for Autism Anglia whilst also raising awareness and getting people talking about autism. By coming together each year during World Autism Acceptance Week we have shown that we can raise vital funds to support autistic people whilst having fun along the way.

Order your fundraising pack today and get your school, nursery, place of work, running club, scouts pack or choir, wearing their Silly Socks. The pack includes fundraising ideas, a poster, stickers to wear and a sponsorship form for you to make the most of day.

Silly Sock Day 

Get Social!

Make sure that you're following us on social media (@autismanglia) to keep up with us during World Autism Acceptance Week. We'll be especially active from the 2nd - 8th April, sharing stories, advice and more to help raise acceptance of Autism.



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Your Stories.

Get in touch with your stories about autism and acceptance! We'd love to share your experiences to help promote acceptance of autism. Message us on social media or email us via [email protected] with the subject line 'Acceptance Week 2024'


Say Hello in Culver Square!

You can find us on Wednesday 3rd April in Culver Square, Colchester. Come and say hello to find out about our services, the charity, and how to you could get involved! 

We'll be around all day so make sure you come and say hello!


Community Connect Drop In Session

Community Connect deliver early intervention, support, and information that is easily accessible and tailor made to suit your needs

You can find Mark from our Community Connect team at Twisted Treats in Colchester on Wednesday 6th March! He's there to listen and answer questions about anything you might need help with. From education issues to social care and beyond, come and say hello and find support.



Colchester City Hall and Colchester Castle.

Colchester City Hall and Colchester Castle will  be lit up in purple and blue during World Autism Acceptance Week to celebrate! Last year looked spectacular and we're so thankful to the people at Colchester City Council for getting on board and supporting the week. 

So, if you're out in the evening, make sure you stop by and take a look!

Here's a photo from last year.


Jeans Craft Room 

Jeans Craft Room Jeans Craft Room (23 North Hill, Colchester) Pottery Painting studio is joining the Autism Awareness campaign on Tuesday 2nd April. Quiet/SEN session for children at 2pm and adult quiet session at 4pm. All money made from refreshments will be donated to Autism Anglia. Please call 01206 693358 to book your slot and discuss individual needs.


Autism Alliance - Breaking Point Campaign.

The Autism Alliance have been campaigning in 2024 with their Breaking Point report which explains:

- There are around 1 million autistic people in the UK, and the majority are adults.
- Autistic people face some of the greatest inequalities of any group.
- Their life expectancy is on average 16 years lower than the rest of the population.
- Autistic adults without a learning disability are 9 times more likely to die from suicide.

Adult social care plays an essential role in helping autistic people live happier, healthier, more fulfilled lives. Specialist care providers that understand autism and use person-centred approaches can help autistic adults live well and actively in their communities, take up work, and prevent the escalation of need.

But the social care system is underfunded, and new research from the Autism Alliance shows that over 10,000 autistic adults in England are not getting the social care they need. Tragically, over three quarters reach crisis point without care, leading to family breakdown and for some, admission to mental health hospitals, where they can face excessive restraint, medication and the risk of abuse.

read more about the campaign here:

Breaking Point