Stand out from the crowd in a onesie and raise autism awareness

OK, wearing a onesie may not be your idea of the height of fashion, but if there’s one day of the year when it’s absolutely, totally fine to be seen in one, it’s today.

Today is Onesie Wednesday, when everyone – young, old, famous, infamous… – is invited to slip into a onesie in support of autism, to show that it’s all right to be different.

It coincides with World Autism Awareness Day, which as its name suggests is all about raising awareness of autism, so here goes:

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

It’s a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.

And although more than one of every 100 people has autism, you can’t always tell that someone has autism just by looking at them – it’s often called a hidden disability.

But one thing’s for sure: people on the autism spectrum are all different!

So wear your onesie with pride, wherever you go and whatever you’re doing, to show that it’s all right to be different.

Wear it to work, wear it to the shops, wear it to the pub this evening – just wear it!

Stand out from the crowd, wear a bright one, a loud one, a fancy dress one, a sexy one (if you can find it!) and keep it on.

Enjoy it! Revel in it! Just be you, be as much you as you can possibly be and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.

One Direction, we know you’ve got them, put ’em on! Rita Ora, today’s not about fashion (though you look great in one), so put on your onesie!

Joey Essex, Matthew Wolfenden, you look great in yours, boys, so put them on today!

Everyone else, find one, put it on – and if you haven’t got a onesie in your wardrobe, wear your pyjamas.

Help spread the message that being

different doesn’t mean that you’re alone.

To find out more about autism, visit the National Autistic Society.