We are pleased to introduce you to our new autism awareness scheme ‘Can you see me?’ and look forward to working with areas over the next year to develop autism friendly villages, towns and cities across Wales.
We are hoping 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.
Click the ‘CC’ button to view the film with English subtitles.
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 button below to view the downloads available on this webpage.