Broch Academy shines positive purple light for autism awareness

THE CLOCKS AT FRASERBURGH ACADEMY ARE SHINING PURPLE TO MARK AUTISM AWARENESS WEEK. (KING/BROWN)
THE CLOCKS AT FRASERBURGH ACADEMY ARE SHINING PURPLE TO MARK AUTISM AWARENESS WEEK. (KING/BROWN)

Fraserburgh Academy have changed the colour of the school’s clock tower to purple in aid of their autism awareness week.

The school are running the awareness week from the 14 -18 March in connection with the National Autistic Society to help develop understanding of the condition.

Mike McAvoy, Principle Teacher for Support for Learners, said: “We’re talking about autism in a very positive light and showing the contributions autistic people can make in the school.”

“It’s about understanding and tolerance and all the values that are important to us as an academy.”

The school has underwent a number of steps to help raise awareness including a ‘pupil voice’ initiative that allows students to ask questions, with large displays erected providing information about the condition.

Different classes have also been run on what autism is while autobiographies of famous people who have dominant autistic traits, like Albert Einstein, have also been handed to students.

Mr McAvoy said: “People on the autistic spectrum can bring a hell of a lot to the local community.”