A is for Autism, E is for Expedition

A group of pupils and staff from Falkland House School, one of Scotland’s top providers of education for boys with additional support needs, will today (Wednesday 1st April) venture into the hills of Highland Perthshire to mark world autism awareness month.

The boys have been taking part in an expedition elective at the school which has prepared them with the skills and knowledge necessary to take care of themselves with comfort in remote environments. They will be completely self-sufficient for two days while carrying all they need to enjoy the new experience. But the most important part of their kit will be a large homemade letter A which they will carry to the top of their summit as part of their submission to ‘A is for Autism’

‘ A is for Autism’ is a campaign run by Scottish Autism which marks  autism awareness month by challenging groups and individuals to get as many people talking about autism as possible by getting creative and sharing homemade letter As. These can take any form and all entries will then be submitted via Scottish Autism’s facebook page with the winning entry being the image that gets the most likes.

The boys at Falkland House have crafted their own letter with the help of school staff and will take it with them as party of their expedition to ensure that the message of autism awareness month will reach even the quieter corners of the country.

Stuart Jacob, Director of Falkland House School said, “ As a school that specialises in the education of boys who require additional support for learning, many of whom are autistic, we are delighted to be taking part in World Autism Awareness Month.

“This is a great, innovative campaign from Scottish Autism and the boys were all really keen to take part when we discussed doing it as part of their expedition.  They have had a lot of fun planning this and we look forward to seeing all the other submissions and raising as much awareness as possible.”

Falkland House School offers a wide range of electives of a practical or sporting nature which have proved to be very popular and the boys have completed courses in hillwalking, skiing and sailing. As well as helping to develop team skills these challenging activities are helping to improve resilience. The experience also leads to achievement in SQA awards.

 

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