Action for autism

University staff wearing blue for World Autism Awareness Day

Thanks to you, more than £500 was raised for Birmingham’s life changing autism research on World Autism Awareness Day (Monday 2 April).

In addition, staff around campus made donations to wear blue for the day, raising a further £500.

This outstanding support can enable more than 30 families to take part in our world-leading research, providing us with an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of children who are living with autism.

Autism researcher Dr Joe McCleery says: ‘It was fantastic to see so many alumni support our research. Each gift we receive really does make a difference; just £3 can buy a new toy for a child participating in one of our assessment or intervention studies.’

Dr McCleery’s opinion piece on autism is currently under debate on our social media sites. Visit or join our LinkedIn group (search for University of Birmingham Alumni and Friends) to read more. 

If you didn’t make a gift on World Autism Awareness Day, you can still do so using your mobile phone. Text AUTI00 followed by the amount you’d like to donate (e.g. AUTI00 £2) to 70070. Please remember to add 25% Gift Aid to your donation by responding to the reply you receive. Alternatively, contact Laura Clark on +44 (0)121 4148894 or