‘People may have heard of autism, but we’re aiming to raise their understanding of how it affects children,’ said Sands.
Campaign manager Clare Corbett said NAS had carried out the largest autism and education survey ever conducted in the UK to provide ‘hard-hitting stats’ for a report that will be released on Monday.
‘Another aspect of the campaign is getting the public involved by encouraging them to nominate people or places that have demonstrated particularly good practice in the education of people with autism,’ she added.
NAS’s regional teams will oversee campaigns in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland later in the year.
Satellite education channel Teacher’s TV will next week dedicate a series of programmes to the issues surrounding autism.
NAS is the largest autism charity in the UK with more than 15,000 members.