World Autism Awareness

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“On this World Autism Awareness Day, let us all play a part in changing attitudes toward persons with autism and in recognizing their rights as citizens, who, like everyone else, are entitled to claim those rights and make decisions for their lives in accordance with their own will and preferences.”
Secretary-General António Guterres



Supporting Jigsaw Trust’s stated aims of promoting understanding and knowledge of autism to the wider community, the Trust actively promotes the United Nations annual World Autism Awareness Day (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.  Please see below for lots of information on which buildings/organisations are ‘going blue’ for autism this year and all the other ways you can join in this important campaign to help raise awareness of autism this April.

For 2018, our Autism Awareness mascot “Jiggy” will be making his debut….he’s a fun character created to help highlight Jigsaw’s Autism Awareness activities and our thanks to Yard B Studios for bringing him to life for us!




The ‘Light it up Blue’ campaign surrounding World Autism Awareness is a global initiative aiming to shine a light on autism – international landmarks floodlight blue for a few nights during the month of April in support of WAAD.  In the past, the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls, Sydney Opera House, CN Tower, Shanghai Tower, Burj Khalifa (Dubai) have all gone blue for autism.

Closer to home, we are enormously grateful to Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (Guildford); The Friary Guildford; Tunsgate Arch (Guildford); Guildhall (Guildford) and Guildford Castle for floodlighting blue as well as Eagle Radio who will be turning their website blue (

Tickets for a brilliant night of music supporting World Autism Awareness are on sale NOW!

The charity gig takes place at The Boileroom, one of Guildford’s best known live music venues, on Saturday, 14 April 2018 at 7pm.   A night of indie-rock and psychedelic pop with London based “Rainbow Cat” headlining and fantastic special guests BRUCH, Bethia and The Underwired – see our Facebook page for more details!

To book, see the links on our Facebook page or click here to book directly with The Boileroom.

Why don’t you 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?   What about painting or making something blue – and then send us a photo so we can post it on our website/social media.  Send your pics to

You can download a jigsaw shape to colour in and send to us to include in our giant jigsaw we’ll be collating over the course of April.  We’ll post a photo of the finished puzzle once complete!  Click here to download a flyer: Autism Awareness Flyer  and   Colouring Activity

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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Across the month of April, Jigsaw will be out and about in our local community raising awareness of autism.  We’ll be popping up at petrol stations, supermarkets, local theatres, schools and shopping centres!  Thank you to the following organisations for hosting our awareness activities:

BP Petrol Station (Alfold); Co-op (Cranleigh); The Friary Guildford as well as Guildford Tourist Information office where you can pick up a copy of our Autism Awareness Flyer (and a Colouring Activity).

Empowering Women and Girls with Autism”

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