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.
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.