World Autism Awareness Week spans March and April and on World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April, we launched the second year of our award winning Too Much Information campaign with the launch of the film ‘Make it Stop’.

Holly, the star of the film, said “I'm autistic and sometimes I get too much information. It's like everything's building up inside my head. Like my brain is crowded with questions – and about to explode.

“I try my hardest to filter it all. But there's too much, and saying anything is too hard.

“Understand autism, the person, and the change you can make.” #AutismTMI


Read more and go behind-the-scenes of our TMI film with Holly

Also in April, we also held our first Autism Uncut Film and Media Awards, supported by Tangle Teezer, because you told us how autistic people are often misrepresented, stereotyped, or simply cut out altogether by the media. We had some brilliant short films submitted and celebrated those winners and the best of the media at a glittering awards ceremony at BAFTA in London. Read more about the night and find out who won.

Every year, an amazing group of runners take part in the London Marathon for us. In 2017 we had the biggest and best marathon ever! With 193 National Autistic Society runners and over £440k raised with some runners coming as from as far as Thailand, Australia and New York to run as part of #TeamAutism.

“It’s been a wonderful experience being on the team. We feel very privileged to be running for you. Thank you for everything.” – Penny and Louise

Lastly, thanks to a generous £81,690 donation from the Morrisons Foundation, we piloted a project to deliver autism seminars for families of newly diagnosed children, through our branches in the North East. Find your local branch.

Find out what happened in May.