Autism Understanding & Accepting Certification

We have combined our Can You See Me campaign and Autism Aware schemes to create the Autism Understanding and Accepting organisations scheme. This scheme is built around two eLearning modules:

  • Understanding Autism (module 1)
  • Understanding Effective Communication and Autism (module 2)

If an organisation completes module 1, they will become an ‘Autism Understanding’ organisation. If an organisation completes modules 1 and 2, they will achieve ‘Autism Accepting’ status.

The Can You See Me campaign had specific branding which was incorporated into wristbands and cards so that people could easily identify as autistic if they wished, and organisations were able to better meet the needs of autistic people.

The updated certificates of the new scheme will also incorporate the Can You See Me branding. People can feel confident that where they see the certificate displayed, that the organisation has undertaken training to ensure they have a good understanding of autism. The Can You See Me wristbands and cards will still be valid under the new scheme.

Organisations were able to achieve Autism Aware status under the old certification scheme. This is still valid for those who already have it, although we do encourage those organisations to undertake the new certification scheme to become an Autism Understanding and Autism Accepting organisation to enhance their existing knowledge.


No, the modules are free to access and bilingual.

We would expect everyone who is working directly with the public to complete the module(s), although we encourage everyone in the organisation to undertake the training.

Please contact to request a username and password login for your organisation.

You will be provided with an ‘Admin‘ and ‘Student‘ login.

The Admin login is only to be used by the person overseeing the implementation of the scheme within the organisation.

The Student login is to be used by all staff to complete the modules.

The Student login can be used by all staff at the same time to complete the modules. Click here to access the modules.

The scheme is built around completion of the first two modules, Understanding Autism and Understanding Effective Communication and Autism.

To complete a module, click on the link to the module on the eLearning page. From there, enter your details using the drop-down menu, and click ‘Next’.

Once the module has been completed and the questionnaire has been answered, a personalised certificate will be provided.

The Admin account can access the Dashboard (shown above) at any time to keep track of the organisation’s progress with a list of staff who have completed the modules.

To access the Dashboard, ensure the Admin account is logged in using Login in the top-right menu of the website. Then, click on Account in the top-right menu, and select Dashboard from the drop-down menu.

From here, in the ‘Awards and certificates completed’ section, select the Autism Aware Certifications Schemes tab and click on ‘Understanding Autism’ and ‘Understanding Effective Communication and Autism’ to view the list of staff who have completed the modules.

No, you can complete module 1 first to achieve Autism Understanding status and then complete module 2 at a later date to achieve Autism Accepting status if you wish.

You will be issued with a certificate which you can display. You will also be listed on our website as an Autism Understanding or Autism Accepting organisation.

If you are autistic, you can email us your details and we will send a wristband, card or lanyard in the post with Can You See Me branding on it.

Please email

Access the eLearning modules here

To access the eLearning modules, please click on the following link.

Autism Aware Organisations

To see those organisations that completed the original Autism Aware scheme, please click on the following link.

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Application Form for Autism Understanding/Accepting Organisation Status