Autism Friendly Communities
The Autism Society envisions individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. Quality of life indicators, such as the opportunity for community involvement and the freedom to spend time in a meaningful way are essential aspects of the human experience.
The Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin’s Autism Friendly Communities program began to promote a better understanding of autism throughout our communities and increase inclusion at more community activities and events. Together, we can build stronger communities where autistic people live fully through acceptance, inclusion, and belonging.
What does it mean to be Autism Friendly?
As an Autism Friendly Communities partner, you recognize that individuals with autism experience the world differently and commit to making accommodations to support a diverse range of community members, including those with autism by:
- Training staff and volunteers to understand autism and strategies to support individuals and families affected by autism.
- Assessing and making modifications to environment, programs, or procedures.
- Developing visual supports as applicable.
- Implementing inclusive hiring practices.
- Committing to quality improvement.
How are partners recognized as Autism Friendly?
An Autism Friendly Communities partner can expect:
- An Autism Friendly Window Decal to display
- An Autism Friendly Certificate to display
- Recognition on Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin social media accounts
- Recognition on the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin website