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Scotland Challenged to Step Up and Support Autism

Posted on 11th March 2020

We're calling on people in Scotland who care about autism to step up to the Walk for Autism challenge and support vital local projects.

Walk for Autism UK & Ireland is a fundraising challenge that asks people to walk 10,000 steps a day for 8 days finishing on World Autism Awareness Day April 2, while raising funds for autism projects.

In Scotland three One Stop Shops that provide free support and advice services to support thousands of autistic people across Edinburgh, The Lothians, Borders, Perth & Kinross and Highland are set to benefit from money raised by Walk for Autism.

The One Stop Shops offer a range of services including 1:1 support, drop-in sessions, group activities, training & support to professionals and support to families. They have over 3,600 autistic people registered for support and on an average month help more than 600 individuals.

Catherine Steedman, Director for Autism Initiatives Scotland said: “The One Stop Shops are a lifeline for thousands of autistic people and their families. Money from Walk for Autism is vital to help keep these services running and freely accessible. I would encourage anyone who cares about autism to step up to the challenge and help make a real difference to lives both here in Scotland and in the rest of the UK and Ireland.

There’s still time for people to step up to the challenge at and everyone signing up by March 20 should receive their free fundraising pack including T-shirt and pedometer in time for the start of the challenge on March 26 2020.

Step Up to the Walk for Autism fundraising challenge