Increasing Understanding of Autism Fund
The Improving Understanding of Autism programme of work is a direct response to Scottish Governmentâ€™s 2017 Engagement Exercise, which emphasised the need to raise understanding of autism amongst the non-autistic population. The consultation highlighted the importance of increasing understanding, awareness and acceptance of autism, reducing autism stereotypes and building a society which is accessible, inclusive and values neurodiversity. This programme aims to raise awareness across Scottish society about the needs of autistic people and the challenges that they face, but also about their strengths and assets as well as their needs and rights.
Since 2019, Inspiring Scotland have been working with Scottish Government and partners across Scotland to build and deliver this new programme. It has consisted of a marketing campaign managed by Scottish Government and funded charity projects. The successful charities will be partners in this programme, helping to influence the direction of the national marketing campaign and promoting campaign messages at a local level.