We feel passionately about inclusion for everyone. But for an individual on the spectrum, accessing many public spaces can be challenging.
Sometimes making really simple changes or providing an additional resources can make the world of difference to someone on the spectrum and help create a more inclusive environment
Together, we can work towards an autism-friendly Australia
How we can work together
We understand that there is no 'one size fits all' when it comes to autism and so we customise our approach for everyone we work with.
Here are some examples of how we work to help make your environment or workplace more autism-friendly
We can visit your organisation, and make a few suggestions for environmental strategies that can help to make your site more autism-friendly. We have a number of consultants who are on the autism spectrum that provide valuable information about their experiences and offer recommendations for improvements.
Our team of specialist can provide training to your staff to help raise awareness and understanding of austim and offer practical tips on how to help someone on the spectrum.
Some organisations offer autism specific events, early opening, or resources such as social stories, checklists or videos for the autism community. We can assist you in the development and delivery of these materials. We will get to know you and your unique context, consult existing research, ask members of the community about their experiences, develop resources and support in the implementation. More detailed information about some of the initiatives we have been involved in can be found in the case studies.
We are constantly evaluating our initiatives to ensure that they are relevant and supportive of people within the autism community. Surveys or focus groups can be a great way to get feedback about your initiative. We can partner with you and facilitate the evaluation and continuous improvement of your autism-friendly initiative.
When an organisation becomes more autism friendly, we like to share the good news! We will share your great work with our service networks and the greater Aspect community.
In 2018, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) worked with Autism Spectrum Australia to make a few small changes to their Biennale exhibition and created an autism friendly gallery experience for children and families.
Sydney's iconic Taronga Zoo has teamed up with Autism Spectrum Australia to start the Access Tonga initiative, which aims to provide a range of supports and services for guests on the spectrum.
Autism Friendly Research
Here you can learn about research initiatives by both Aspect and other researchers into ways to make society more accessible to autism. At Aspect, all of this research feeds into the work we do to make Australia autism-friendly.