World Autism Awareness

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“On this World Autism Awareness Day, I call for advancing the rights of individuals with autism and ensuring their full participation and inclusion as valued members of our diverse human family who can contribute to a future of dignity and opportunity for all.”
UNITED NATIONS Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (April 2)

Supporting Jigsaw Trust’s stated aims of promoting understanding and knowledge of autism to the wider community, the Trust actively supports the United Nations annual World Autism Awareness Day on 2nd April each year.  The Trust organises and takes part in numerous activities during ‘Autism Awareness Month’ including the global ‘Light it up Blue’ campaign begun by Autism Speaks in the US.

guildford-cathederal-blueIn the past, the Trust has floodlit Guildford Cathedral blue over the nights of WAAD and encouraged local schools, colleges and businesses to take part in Dress up Blue events.  For information on all this year’s events supported by Jigsaw, please see below.



On Monday, 3rd April (10.00 – 11.30), Jigsaw ran an informal Open Information Event on ‘What is Autism?’ and the World Autism Awareness Initiative.

The event consisted of a short presentation on Autism ahead of a Tour of the School followed by a Q&A session and an opportunity to meet some of our staff whilst enjoying light refreshments.

The morning was very well attended and we hope everyone enjoyed learning a little more about Autism and sharing World Autism Awareness Day with us.

Details of 2018 World Autism Awareness will be published here nearer the time.

The first ever #JigsawJam proved a brilliant night of music supporting World Autism Awareness!

The charity gig took place at The Boileroom, one of Guildford’s best known live music venues, on Thursday, 20th April 2017 at 7pm.   It was a night of indie-rock and psychedelic pop with London based “Rainbow Cat” and “We Used To Make Things” playing specially in support of WAAD and Jigsaw.

There were blue cocktails at the bar, the venue was lit up blue inside and everybody joined in the theme and dressed up blue for the night!   T-shirts and other merch was on sale plus Raffle with great prizes.

The event was kindly sponsored by Hilton Cobham and EM Acoustics.

NEWSFLASH…2018’s #JIGSAWJAM will be held on Saturday, 14th April at The Boileroom, Guildford (7pm) – more news soon.


For 2017, we encouraged as many people, companies, schools, clubs as possible to Dress Up Blue to help promote Autism Awareness.  Nothing blue to wear? Then why not decorate your desk, classroom or office with something blue?  Or how about a Blue Cake Sale?   Photos of you going Blue in support of Autism Awareness can be found in the Gallery section for everyone to enjoy!

WHY BLUE?  The Light it up Blue campaign first started by Autism Speaks in the US has been adopted as the colour to show your support for Autism Awareness across the globe.

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This year was all about encouraging people to create their very own artwork using the colour BLUE…be it with paints, pencil, pen, collage or anything else you can think of.

Photos can be found in the Gallery section.

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“Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination”

The WAAD observance, on 31 March 2017, discussed policies and approaches being implemented with regard to guardianship and the path to self-determination and legal capacity of persons with autism.   The annual WAAD observance is organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information and Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

For more information on World Autism Awareness Day, please visit the United Nations’ website: webpages directly.

Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue campaign in support of World Autism Awareness is again running throughout April – more information on this can be found at:  Light It Up Blue