The Can you See Me? campaign aims to change the way that autism is seen and help improve the lives of autistic people and their families by recognising the potential of autistic people. It will do this by providing resources, training and advice to individuals, communities, professionals and organisations across Wales.
We are relaunching Can you See Me? on the 10th March 2021 with a 4-week campaign. We want to encourage employers and organisations across Wales to see the potential of the autistic community. We are keen that anybody with a neurodevelopmental condition should be treated equally and fairly.
By working with a larger number of organisations and businesses, we hope to
Together, we can inspire individuals, employers and organisations throughout Wales to commit to equality, diversity and inclusion by pledging to complete the Autism Awareness Certification Scheme.
We need your help to amplify the voices of autistic people and to help create a fairer, more inclusive Wales, particularly for autistic people and their families.
Please support us on social media, send us through case studies and encourage organisations to watch the ‘What is Autism?’ film and to gain the Autism Awareness & Understanding Certification, because and Autism Aware Wales is a Wales we all want to see.
The original Can You See Me? scheme was launched in 2017, with the aim to promote understanding and acceptance, amongst communities in Wales in order to improve access to facilities and reduce the stigma that many autistic individuals and their parents and carers experience.
As an introduction to adapting interactions for autistic individuals, we have created a range of posters providing tips for community provision such as high street stores, banks, supermarkets, hairdressers, cinemas, etc. These can be viewed at the bottom of this webpage.
We have also created leaflets for GPs and dentists. There are a series of resources to help individuals let others know they have autism (should they wish to), these include a wrist band, card, smartphone screensaver and a car window sticker.
We have developed a video to promote the scheme, and have been supported by players from the Wales rugby team and the Football Association of Wales – we are very grateful for their help. Also Gethin Jones, our Autism ambassador, has supported us to create this – along with many other resources, and we are ever grateful to him for his support in delivering our key messages.
We were working with local areas to roll out the scheme, as it was important to ensure everyone is on board to have the impact that autistic individuals need.
We need help to make this scheme effective. Please share the video, follow us on Facebook / Twitter for updates. If you are able to volunteer and help us please let us know, we will contact you when we are rolling out the scheme in your area.
Before creating the scheme we consulted with numerous staff within retail, leisure and social facilities and gathered the views of 365 autistic individuals / parents and carers via a survey.
Our aim with this scheme is to make communities aware of autism and the difficulties individuals face. We consulted with many staff working in shops and community provision. They told us that posters with information and tips would be most useful to them as an easy reference guide. These posters do not replace the need for more comprehensive training, but will help staff to understand that doing things differently can help autistic individuals to access their provision.
We have a range of more detailed information about autism on this website, and there are many training providers available for more in-depth training should people wish to commission this.
We will be commencing roll out in the coming months, please follow us on Facebook / Twitter or check our website for information. Or e-mail us at ASDinfo@WLGA.gov.uk to request the wristband, card and smart phone screensaver and let us know if you are interested in making your town autism aware.
Click the ‘CC’ button to view the film with English subtitles.
To access the scheme, please click on the following link.
Click the button below to view the downloads available on this webpage.