Why is raising autism awareness so important ?
If we’re to change how the world sees autism, we need to challenge misleading stereotypes
Awareness and understanding of autism has improved dramatically over the last few years. But we realise there is still a long way to go.
All too often, we hear from individuals and families living with autism who have experienced misunderstandings or faced judgmental attitudes based on misinformed stereotypes.
Stigma towards autism has often been difficult to tackle because it is affects everyone differently and it’s now referred to as the hidden disability, which makes it hard to recognise. But it can, and must, be addressed.
Our supporters consistently tell us that improving public understanding of autism must be a priority, which is why we throughout the year, we organise a number of events to help raise awareness and encourage social acceptance .
We have also partnered up with the National Autism Society to help locally deliver Autism Friendly Awards , its champions premises who commit to making sure that autistic visitors receive the same warm welcome as everybody else.
This doesn’t mean investing in expensive alterations or training your staff to be autism experts. Small changes can make a massive difference to autistic visitors and just a little understanding can go a long way. Every customer facing organisation, whatever their size or business, can benefit from becoming autism-friendly.
If we’re to change how the world sees autism, we need to challenge misleading stereotypes and replace them with a better understanding of the condition .
Autism can have a profound effect on individuals and families, but understanding and support can make a huge difference.