world autism awareness day

Busy programme of activities marks Autism Awareness Week 2017 across Berkshire

To celebrate World Autism Awareness Week 2017 next week, Autism Berkshire is running a series of special events for people and families living with autism and provide information about our services.

Among the highlights are our World Autism Awareness Day 2017 family fun day at Bucklebury Farm Park in West Berkshire on Sunday, April 2, and a series of activities for the Bracknell Forest area, organised in conjunction with the borough council.

Autism Berkshire’s Chief Executive Officer, Jane Stanford-Beale, said: “We have arranged a varied range of activities to raise awareness of autism and involve people living with autism and their families.

“Anyone who would like to find out more about autism and our support services is welcome to visit us at the information events we are running or attending around the county. We look forward to seeing you.”

The full programme is as follows:

Monday, March 27:

  • Carers Day for those looking after people living with autism in Bracknell Forest at the Royal Berkshire Health & Racquets Club. featuring deep relaxation and mindfulness and physio sessions, plus lunch, and a talk by Signal4Carers Bracknell Forest. From 11.30am-3pm at the Apple Physiotherapy Studio at Royal Berkshire Health & Racquets Club, Bracknell. Click here to book free places, email or call 01189 595 594
  • Microsoft Xbox Labs visit, for over-18s from Bracknell Forest with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition, 1.30pm to 5.30pm. Free but only 15 places available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more details and to book, email
  • Autism Berkshire Pre-Assessment Workshop in Wokingham for parents and carers with children on the Berkshire CAMHS waiting list for an autism spectrum diagnostic assessment. Click here for full details and to book free places or call 01189 594 594.

Tuesday, March 28:

  • Autism Berkshire’s Benefits Adviser Kevin Jackson will be at a coffee morning at Dingley’s Promise’s Wokingham Centre, at All Saints School, in Norreys Avenue, from 10.30am to 12.30pm to talk about Disability Living Allowance for children with special needs, including autism, other benefits available to their families and to answer questions.
  • Autism Berkshire Pre-Assessment Workshop in Slough for parents and carers with children on the Berkshire CAMHS waiting list for an autism spectrum diagnostic assessment. Click here for more details and to book free places or call 01189 594 594.
  • Sports Day for people with autism in Bracknell Forest, featuring Ten Pin bowling at The Point (11am to 1pm) and Badminton, Short Tennis (both 2pm-4pm), Racquetball and Table Tennis (both 7pm to 8.20pm) at Bracknell Leisure Centre. No booking is needed, just turn up. Charges of £5.78 for two games of bowling and £3.35 each for other activities. For more details, email

Wednesday, March 29:

  • Autism Berkshire information stall at the YES (Youth Engagement Slough) Shop, in the Queensmere Shopping Centre, Slough, from 10am to 2pm
  • Autism Berkshire will be joining other members of the Windsor & Maidenhead Autism Partnership Board at an information and awareness-raising event in the Nicholson Shopping Centre in Maidenhead, from 9am to 5pm.
  • Autism Berkshire information stall at the Reading Walk-in Health Centre, in the Broad Street Mall, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
  • Games Day for people with autism, at the NRG Youth Centre, in Coopers Hill, Bracknell. From 11am to 6.30pm, with Xbox, computer and board games. Free event, no booking needed. For more details, email

Thursday, March 30:

  • Autism Berkshire Supporting Teenagers with Autism Workshop in Windsor, offering tailored advice for parents. Click here for full details and to book free places or call 01189 594 594.
  • Fundraising Day in Bracknell Forest. Wear pink or purple or dress up for autism and tell everyone about it. Make a donation online to Autism Berkshire or the National Autistic Society.

Friday, March 31:

  • Autism Information Day at Bracknell Open Learning Centre, in Rectory Lane, from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Free drop-in event. Meet members of the Autism Berkshire team and representatives of Bracknell Forest Council’s Breakthrough supported employment service, Excel Support Services, Sorelle Support and Wokingham & Bracknell Mencap. For more details, email
  • Autism Berkshire support workers will be visiting Manor Green School in Maidenhead to talk to parents about our services

Saturday, April 1:

  • Autism Berkshire will have an information stall at the Bracknell Forest Parent Forum’s Supporting Young People with SEND to Have Good Adult Lives event from 9.30am to 2.30pm at Bracknell Leisure Centre.
  • Picnic and Walk in Bracknell. Picnic at South Hill Park, followed by a walk to the Look Out Discovery Centre. Noon to 4pm. Free. For details, email

Sunday, April 2:

  • Autism Berkshire’s World Autism Awareness Day 2017 family fun day, at Bucklebury Farm Park, between Reading and Thatcham. 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Please note that the fun day is now fully booked and is an all-ticket event. Anyone turning up without a ticket will not be admitted to the farm park, as numbers allowed on the site are limited.