Since October 2018, Fujitsu colleagues voted for Autistica to be their Charity Partner from January 2019 for two years. It is a cause close to many employees’ hearts whether they are autistic themselves or have connections through family and friends. This partnership will spread understanding and awareness throughout the company and kickstart live-changing research, campaigning and innovation that will benefit thousands of families across the UK.
More than 700,000 people in the UK are autistic and 2.8 million people are connected to an autistic person, yet we know so little about how to support them. In the three minutes it takes you to read this, £3,393 will be spent on cancer research, £288 on dementia, but only £23 on autism research. We’ve started to see progress in awareness of autism but autistic children and families still face extremely poor outcomes. Autistica was born out of necessity to find solutions that can change and save lives. We work with autistic people to understand their priorities and support cutting edge research on the issues that matter most.
The Fujitsu - Autistica Partnership Goal
Our two-year plan is to raise vital funds and enable autistic people to
manage their sensory needs by:
1. Enabling Autistic People through Technology
2. Encouraging Action
3. Sharing Skills and Business Expertise
4. Raising Awareness of Autistica and our Partnership
We have pledged to raise £150,000 over two years through a range of employee-led events, including World Autism Awareness Day fundraisers, quizzes, golf days, 5K races and more.
We can’t wait to see what we can do together.
Fujitsu’s commitment to charity partnerships
Fujitsu’s charity partnerships are part of our company’s commitment to making a positive contribution to society and the communities it operates within. Our previous charity partners were Macmillan (2016-2018), Shelter (2012-2014) and Action for Children (2014-2016).
Watch the videos below to find out more about our work with our previous charity partners: Macmillan, Action for Children and Shelter: