Autism Awareness

WE HELP ORGANISATIONS BECOME MORE AUTISM-FRIENDLY

Our autism awareness campaign encourages shops and services to make a commitment to people with autism by raising autism awareness.

Autism-friendly environments give people with autism and their families the confidence to go out into their communities and to engage as equal citizens. This means that, often for the first time, they have the confidence to visit shops, restaurants, leisure venues and many more.

Autism is a lifelong condition affecting around 1.1% of the population; people affected by autism are often excluded from their own community through lack of awareness. We have created the video above to make more people aware of autism and how small adjustments can help people with autism and their families feel welcome in the community. 

The video was developed with and stars some of the members of our Bournemouth drop-in group who found the experience very rewarding, particularly being able to share their perspective of autism and how small changes in the community could benefit their day to day experiences. 

ARE YOU AN ORGANISATION AND WOULD LIKE TO SIGN UP TO RAISE AUTISM AWARENESS AND BECOME AUTISM FRIENDLY?

Autism Wessex wants to improve access for people with autism and is working with local services and the local community to raise awareness and to encourage organisations to become autism-friendly.

Being autism-friendly, above all, means being ready to make minor adjustments so that people with autism and their families feel welcome. People with autism value time and space. A welcoming approach, and the willingness to allow a little more time, will go a long way. If there is room for some quiet space – not always possible – that can help. 

We offer training for staff, offer advice on the development of autism friendly environments, offer reasonable adjustments to accommodate people with autism, and effective communication techniques.

For more information or to enquire becoming an autism friendly organisation please contact us 

 

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