Autism Awareness


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. 

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.

Check out our recent Autism Friendly Football campaign - 

Autism Friendly Football  

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


Autism Wessex is registered in England & Wales under charity number 1000792 at Charity Hub, Portfield School, Parley Lane, Christchurch, BH23 6BP. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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