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We feel passionately about inclusion for everyone. But for an individual on the spectrum, accessing many public spaces can be challenging.

Sometimes making really simple changes or providing an additional resources can make the world of difference to someone on the spectrum and help create a more inclusive environment

Together, we can work towards an autism-friendly Australia

How we can work together

We understand that there is no 'one size fits all' when it comes to autism and so we customise our approach for everyone we work with.

Here are some examples of how we work to help make your environment or workplace more autism-friendly

We can visit your organisation, and make a few suggestions for environmental strategies that can help to make your site more autism-friendly. We have a number of consultants who are on the autism spectrum that provide valuable information about their experiences and offer recommendations for improvements.

Our team of specialist can provide training to your staff to help raise awareness and understanding of austim and offer practical tips on how to help someone on the spectrum.

Some organisations offer autism specific events, early opening, or resources such as social stories, checklists or videos for the autism community. We can assist you in the development and delivery of these materials. We will get to know you and your unique context, consult existing research, ask members of the community about their experiences, develop resources and support in the implementation. More detailed information about some of the initiatives we have been involved in can be found in the case studies.

We are constantly evaluating our initiatives to ensure that they are relevant and supportive of people within the autism community. Surveys or focus groups can be a great way to get feedback about your initiative. We can partner with you and facilitate the evaluation and continuous improvement of your autism-friendly initiative.

When an organisation becomes more autism friendly, we like to share the good news! We will share your great work with our service networks and the greater Aspect community.

Case Studies

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In 2018, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) worked with Autism Spectrum Australia to make a few small changes to their Biennale exhibition and created an autism friendly gallery experience for children and families.

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Sydney's iconic Taronga Zoo has teamed up with Autism Spectrum Australia to start the Access Tonga initiative, which aims to provide a range of supports and services for guests on the spectrum.

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Autism Friendly Research

Here you can learn about research initiatives by both Aspect and other researchers into ways to make society more accessible to autism. At Aspect, all of this research feeds into the work we do to make Australia autism-friendly.

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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 aide guests requiring additional assistance due to autism..
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Social story: how to access an autism-friendly eventA step-by-step guide to accessing these events, as part of the Contemporary Kids school-holiday program.
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Quiet Hour provides a low-sensory shopping experience by making changes in store, such as reducing noise and distractions, to help make a difference to customers who find it challenging to shop in a heightened sensory environment.
Participants attending Microsoft's ‘Autism Friendly Minecraft Build Challenge"
Flagship Microsoft Store Sydney in partnership with Autism Spectrum Australia, are running a series of free autism-friendly Minecraft workshops at Microsoft Store for children aged 8 -14 years. Running from October 2019, the workshops offer an accessible experience for children on the autism spectrum to explore, build, create and foster 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 for children who would benefit from a quiet, calm environment when purchasing shoes.
Dreamworks Exhibition
DreamWorks Animation:The Exhibition-Journey from Sketch to Screen is now on show at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, from 12 September 2019 until 2 February 2020.Regular entry times and days apply and we are offering a ‘quiet hour’ session once a month, for visitors who would prefer a quieter visitor experience.4 – 6pm Tuesday 8 October, 12 November and 10 December.

Phone us to discuss how we can help you.

Call 1800 277 328

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