Peter Howson ‘Putting Autism on the Map’

Renowned Scottish painter Peter Howson is ‘Putting Autism on the Map’ this April by undertaking a 300 mile walk from Aberdeen to Ayr to increase awareness of autism and raise funds to support individuals and families.

Peter will be walking around 20 miles each day taking him across Scotland through Dundee and onto Fife, Edinburgh, Glasgow and finally Ayr. Peter has a great support team to walk with him but others are welcome to dip in and out of the walk at various points. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet Peter himself and spend some time with him as you walk.

“Autism is not something that goes away; it is part of the individual and impacts on them and their family for the whole of their life. Scottish Autism’s work is invaluable as the charity supports individuals throughout every stage, from childhood to old age.”  Peter Howson

Around 1 in 100 individuals are diagnosed with autism. Peter and his daughter are both on the autism spectrum and so this has obviously had a huge effect on him and his family’s life.

What’s Happening in Autism Awareness Month?

  • Peter is undertaking a journey of more than 300 miles which will see him walk from Aberdeen to his home town of Ayr commencing on 2 April – World Autism Awareness Day.
  • Peter will walk down Aberdeen Coastal Path and onto Dundee. From here he will travel down Fife Coastal Path to Edinburgh before tackling the Forth and Clyde Canal walk. Upon reaching Glasgow, Peter will then tackle the Clyde Walkway and the River Ayr Way.
  • Events will be held in each of the main cities before a finale celebration at the MacLaurin Gallery in Ayr.

Peter will stop off at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh between 9 and 10am on Wednesday 16th April.

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