Pictures do more than just say a thousand words. They also communicate a frustrating reality.
This May, Australians around the country are being encouraged to host their own game of Pictionary, as part of Drawtism, to help raise money and awareness for people living with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Now in its fourth year, Drawtism gives people a chance to get together and play Pictionary to help draw people with autism out of their isolation, while raising much needed funds.
– a family favourite that brilliantly combines creativity, strategy and frustration into one loved game.
– a heartfelt twist on the classic game that uses Pictionary to help people understand the frustrating reality of life for people living with autism and raise funds to help people with this disorder.
Whether a social occasion with friends at home, a friendly competition in the office boardroom or a local community event at the nearby function centre, hosting a Drawtism game in May – or any time of the year – is easy.
Research shows around one in 100 children are now being diagnosed with an ASD, which equals approximately 220,000 Australians who battle with communication and social interaction skills. Pictionary helps to convey their daily frustrations as players try to communicate with people around them, and can’t get them to comprehend what they’re saying.
Drawtism provides a glimpse into the daily reality of living with autism. To host a game, simply visit Drawtism to register to receive a Host Resource Kit which includes invitations, donation slips and ideas about hosting and how to raise funds. Players can be charged a fee to play, and the stakes can be raised by issuing fines for rule breaking, incorrect guesses and time infringements.
All money raised will go towards Autism Spectrum Australia, Alpha Autism (the creators of Drawtism) and Autism SA. This will help to fund further research, resources and services offered to the autism community by these leading, not-for-profit autism-specific organisations. Visit Drawtism for more information.