People with autism are often excluded from their own communities through lack of understanding. Autism-Friendly communities enable people with autism and their families to engage with local services and resources in a positive way. These communities may include public services, workplaces or facilities used by people with autism, such as health service, retail outlets, public transport or leisure venues.
Creating an autism-friendly environment can be simple and low cost, and there are many success stories giving confidence that all sorts of organisations can achieve this.
From April 2015 Autism East Midlands were one of 5 delivery partners for the Connect to Autism initiative: an innovative project by the Autism Alliance UK and the Department of Health to improve public awareness and understanding of autism. As part of this work Autism East Midlands delivered training to over 2,000 people within our local communities and beyond, and now continue this as part of our core business.
Some of the Partnerships developed in the initiative
- Riding for the Disabled
- De Montfort University