Yesterday, the Autism Awareness Club at Western hosted the World Autism Awareness Day event at the UCC Atrium.
For the community at Western, its important to celebrate neurodiversity on campus and share autism awareness and acceptance. The club promotes inclusiveness and always looks to include the community of London into events they host throughout the year.
The event included a “Myth Buster” booth where people were able to talk about the common myths in society about autism, an informational booth, a photobooth where people could take pictures to support the club, an autism support wall where people were able to write their thoughts and share and a free cotton candy booth.
For Ashwini Jeyachandran, the Events Director, being a part of the club hits very close to home. Her older brother has autism and is her biggest motivation. When she joined Western, she wanted other people to learn what she learnt from her brother and make people understand and aware of what autism is.
The club hosts events every month at Western, they have had a Halloween party, Fall night, they have participated in the Christmas Parade, Arts night and look to cater to all different age groups on campus and in the London Community.