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Snow cakes for autism Christmas charity appeal

Four-year-old Poppy Clements helps Autism NI launch their Snow Cakes for Autism Christmas campaign

CHRISTMAS is often a very stressful time for the autism community, when the normal day-to-day routine changes can cause anxiety. Individuals with autism will find it hard to put things into perspective, see the bigger picture, rationalise what is happening and cope with new people and things.

The changes in the house, decorations, food, family visiting, parties, Christmas presents and even Santa can cause distress, because they find it hard to understand why.

This Christmas Northern Ireland’s autism charity, Autism NI, is raising awareness of this ‘hidden disability’ and asking people to hold a Snow Cakes for Autism morning.

"December is a great month to celebrate the festive season, and now you can support a good cause whilst doing so. All you need to do to take part in this awareness raising event is hold a tea/coffee and cakes morning at home, work, school or anywhere you like. Invite your friends, family or work colleagues to join you and ask everyone to make a small donation to support Autism NI," says Autism NI's Rachel Gribben.

Autism has become the highest growing disability in Europe. With more than 30,000 people in Northern Ireland affected by autism and every year over 300 children diagnosed, Autism NI needs your support so that it can continue to provide vital services to those families and individuals living with Autism.

:: For further information or to request a Snow Cakes fundraising pack, which containing balloons, posters, autism information and a snow cake recipe, see autismni.org or call 028 9040 1729.

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