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Together, we can create a better Australia.
An autism-friendly Australia.
And one that embraces inclusion for all types of disabilities.

Aspect Autism Friendly

At Aspect we believe we can be more inclusive of all disabilities simply by becoming more aware of the different and diverse ways each of us engages with our world. This understanding allows us to make small adjustments that recognise, and are inclusive of, those differences.

For Autistic individuals, accessing the community, attending special events and even performing necessary daily tasks can be extremely challenging. But we can help make the world better suited for those on the autism spectrum. First, with a greater awareness of neurodiversity. And second by making a few simple changes or providing additional resources.

These small changes can help create a far more inclusive environment for those who need it.

How we support diversity inclusion

Aspect’s autism-friendly team are dedicated to partnering with organisations to create environments which genuinely support and include Autistic people.

Partnering with you to create an autism-friendly event. Developing individualised supports or resources to improve your business practices. Providing autism awareness training for staff. Or simply giving you a few helpful tips to get you started. Whatever you need, our team are here to help you create a more inclusive environment.

Embracing the autistic perspective

We believe that understanding an event or business from an autistic perspective is critical to creating a truly inclusive environment. That is why our autism-friendly team includes Autistic people.

These individuals provide unmatched input at all stages of the design, development and implementation of services and program. They ensure you can better embrace real disability inclusion for your event or business.

How Aspect can help you better embrace diversity inclusion

Aspect has a team of Autistic consultants who are paid to help with all elements of our consultations. This includes environmental assessment, staff training and more.

We develop an environmental assessment report based on the feedback of our Autistic consultants. This is then used to design custom resources and modifications unique to your business or event.

There are a wide range of resources that can be developed and implemented to support the inclusion of Autistic people in various environments. These resources can include:

  • Visual stories
  • Sensory maps
  • Inclusion checklists
  • Best practice guidelines
  • Visual communication supports

One of the main barriers to inclusion at events and within environments is that Autistic people are often not understood, or made to feel like they are welcome. This is often simply because the staff just don’t understand how to support someone on the autism spectrum.

Staff training is a key component of any autism-friendly environment. Our team offers autism-friendly staff training customised to your business, service or event. All training is co-delivered with Autistic presenters who share their own relatable examples.

This helps your staff to contextualise what they are learning. And it provides an opportunity to answer any questions your staff may have about autism or inclusive initiatives.

Our staff training includes an introduction to autism, and practical strategies. This allows your staff to more effectively interact with, and support, Autistic individuals who access your business or event.

Stakeholder feedback is important. It indicates where your services are getting it right and where there may be room for development. As part of our autism-friendly consultancy, we can provide support in inviting and acting on feedback, to evaluate the effectiveness of inclusive initiatives.

Creating an inclusive environment is undoubtedly a good news story. And we would love to spread the word!

Aspect can promote your initiatives through our social media platforms, our Autism-Friendly Event Calendar and newsletters to our community. We can also engage with traditional media outlets to coordinate coverage. And we will support you to design genuinely inclusive promotions of your services that will engage the autistic community.

While we can be flexible to support your goals and budget, we do charge to be able to provide our services. To find out more, fill out the form below. We’ll get in contact to talk about what you are after, and how we can support you!

Our disability inclusion activities

Autism Friendly and the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower

Living with a hidden disability, like autism, can make accessing the community more challenging for people. And hidden disabilities can be difficult for others to recognise, which is often the biggest barrier for people accessing additional support and understanding.

Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard discreetly indicates to others that the wearer (or support person with them) has a hidden disability. It lets them know that they may need additional help or simply more time. And it lets others create a better world of inclusion with disabilities.

Autism Friendly Event Calendar

From art galleries to aquariums, find out more about autism-friendly events happening near you! If you have an autism-friendly event or special access session you wish to add to our calendar, please email autismfriendly@autismspectrum.org.au with the details and we’ll add it to the calendar.

Autism Alert Card

Our Aspect team created the Autism Alert Card. It’s designed to assist Autistic individuals to communicate their need for support, particularly in situations that may be challenging. We’re proud to offer these cards free to people on the autism spectrum.*

The Autism Alert Card is an Autistic led initiative.

How can I access an Autism Friendly Consultation?

Complete the form below to enquire about how the Autism Friendly Team can help you.

Case Studies

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In 2018, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) worked with Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT) on their biennale exhibition. With just a few small changes they created an autism-friendly gallery experience the whole family could enjoy.

Organisations we have worked with

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Taronga understands that guests have varying needs and may require special assistance during their visit. Our team is always happy to help and have a range of services available to aid guests requiring additional assistance due to autism.
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We worked with MCA to create a step-by-step guide to accessing their events, as part of the Contemporary Kids school-holiday program.
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The Inclusive Beaches Program helps Surf Life Saving Clubs expand their club memberships through the inclusion of people of different abilities and backgrounds. This program embraces diversity and inclusion, and promotes beach and ocean safety.
Participants attending Microsoft's ‘Autism Friendly Minecraft Build Challenge"
We partnered with the flagship Microsoft Store in Sydney to run a series of free autism-friendly Minecraft workshops for children aged 8 to 14 years. The workshops offer an accessible experience for children on the autism spectrum allowing them to explore, build and create while also fostering social skills through the magic of Minecraft.
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Shoes and Sox offer private fitting appointments before or after hours or during quieter times. This helps the comfort and accessibility of children who benefit from a quiet, calm environment when purchasing shoes.
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We consulted with the National Museum of Australia in creating an inclusive DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition-Journey from Sketch to Screen. This included a ‘quiet hour’ session once a month for visitors who would benefit from that visitor experience

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