Drawtism for autism

How hosting a game of Pictionary through the month of August can help fund research needed to support people with autism.

La Trobe's Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre  (OTARC) is the brains behind Drawtism for Autism for the month of August.

Individuals, schools, sporting clubs and workplaces are encouraged to organise pictionary parties to raise funds for research into autism.

OTARC's Senior Projects Manager Wojciech Nadachowski came up with the concept.

'The idea behind Drawtism is that it's a fun way to help convey what some of the communication challenges faced by people on the autism spectrum face –  similar to the frustrations that can play out between team members playing Pictionary as they fight to be understood!

'At its heart, Drawtism is an accessible way to help people understand these possible social difficulties faced by many of the 1-in 100 Australians with autism – while raising funds to overcome these challenges,' Mr Nadachowski said.

There's a new website up and running where people can register a fund-raising page by hosting a Pictionary event.

For more information go to www.drawtism.com

Media; Catherine Garrett 9479 6565

Image; Wojciech Nadachowski and OTARC Director Professor Cheryl Dissanayake playing pictionary