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On Friday 27th April 2018, hundreds of people from across the East Midlands came together to wear Silly Socks and raise awareness of autism by participating in Autism East Midlands’ first ever Silly Sock Day.

The aim of the day was to raise awareness of autism by sharing your photos online, the individuality of everyone’s socks in these photos is a great way to highlight that every individual with autism is exactly that, an individual, no two people are the same. Everyone who received a Silly Sock Day fundraising pack from Autism East Midlands received fun exercises that educated and squashed myths about autism in a fun and engaging way. One myth that those participating in the day squashed was that autistic people can’t deal with change, however with the correct information, preparation and coping strategies they can deal with change.

Silly Sock Day was a huge success with individuals, businesses and schools contributing, by unearthing their silliest socks and wearing them for the day. Here are just a few of the wonderful photos that supporters took on the day:

As well as the amazing external support Autism East Midlands enjoyed the day was internally celebrated as staff and service users put on their silliest socks to raise awareness. At Sutherland House School students made their own silly socks and students enjoyed designing them.

Autism East Midlands would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part to spread important awareness of autism, as well as raise invaluable funds for Autism East Midlands in the process.