Fun day of planting held at DMU to boost autism support week

By Ollie Churm

 

Students in Leicester were invited to plant a seed and take it home to watch it grow in support of autism awareness.

The autism support team at De Montfort University (DMU) yesterday (THU,APR4) held a fun day at which students were shown how to plant seeds and take their beautiful plant back to their accommodation.

It was part of a number of events that the team have put on to help raise awareness and understanding about autism, culminating in an autism training day today where free Dominos pizzas are available in the Students’ Union.

With about 700,000 people in the UK diagnosed with autism, the team at DMU hopes this week will help people understand autism more and help them realise the struggles people on the autistic spectrum have to go through every day.

Dani Findley, lead autism specialist mentor at DMU, said: “I think weeks like these are really important.

“Somebody said to me the other week, it’s not always just about awareness, you can make people aware of whatever it is, but it’s about understanding. This week is all about showing support.”

There have been many events that have gone on as part of this week including the ‘Get Busy Fair’ on Tuesday where there were stalls that were giving out information to help students learn about autism and other disabilities.

The last event of the week will take place all day today, upstairs in the Students’ Union, where students will be able to make their own ‘Silly Socks’. So, make sure to pop down to show support and even get some free pizza!

 

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