Autism Friendly Communities
Imagine a place where an individual with autism can experience life free of misperceptions and judgement about differences related to their disability. Autism Friendly places embrace neurodiversity, the concept that neurological differences are to be recognized and respected as any other human variation. Individuals with autism and their families often face discrimination, isolation and exclusion because of misperceptions about their behaviors and abilities. Let’s change that together to eliminate headlines such as these:
In 2017, the Autism Society of Greater Akron launched its Autism Friendly Communities program in Summit County. Studies show that diversity enriches all aspects of a community’s life, including education, housing, cultural, and business opportunities. These aspects of a community’s life enhance economic strengths because we all win when everyone gets to share in our nation’s promises.
Components of the Program
As an Autism Friendly Community partner, you realize that individuals with autism experience the world differently and are willing to evaluate and adapt your business and its services in five key ways to better accommodate individuals living with autism by:
- Providing information
- Training staff and volunteers
- Assessing space, programs and procedures
- Reviewing progress through feedback
- Supporting autism awareness and understanding
Training Model and Objectives
The module “Stop, Assess, Support,” was created by the Autism Society of Greater Akron to support a variety of audiences, in a variety of situations, including whether the person’s diagnosis of autism is known or not. SAS is a framework that can easily be tailored to organizational needs and disciplines.
What does the program cost?
ASGA is a non-profit, wholly governed by a local board of directors and funded by donors, grants, and fee-based programs. The Autism Friendly Community initiative is a fee-based program that helps to support ASGA and its programs and services. If a training budget is not available, an arrangement that works for both parties can be discussed.
Finally, we thank you for your leadership, community citizenship, and your commitment to including all people in the experiences of being a part of our community. We’re so proud and excited to work with you!
Welcome to OUR Autism Friendly Community!
Want to be Autism Friendly? Contact us HERE