People with autism currently face barriers to participation in community life due to a lack of autism friendly environments including across schools, workplaces, and public spaces, such as train stations, hospitals and airports (Amaze, 2018). As underlined in a study of Autism Speaks (2018) inclusion is about offering the same activities in an organization to everyone, while providing support and services to accommodate people’s differences. Inclusive organizations actively reach out to people with disabilities and seek to understand and appreciate their differences, while fostering a sense of belonging. It is fundamental to create programs in which typically developing youth and their families participate accessible and available to youth with disabilities and their families. At the same time can be a good idea to develop organizational programs for individuals with and without disabilities, placing individuals with disabilities in the same community programs that their parents would choose for them if they did not have disabilities. It is also suggested to understand, accept, and value human differences, to increase inclusion in workplaces.
The goal of this module is to explore how to promote and valorise accessibility for people with autism.
The module includes in total 3 topics.