Council celebrates World Autism Awareness Week
Published: 28 Mar 2018
This week is World Autism Awareness Week (26 March–2 April), celebrated annually, the week aims to promote empowerment and to help to create real opportunities for people with autism.
People living with autism can face many barriers in their daily lives, from reduced employment opportunities, difficulties in accessing public and private transport, having communication needs and much more. Autistic people can often still face inequality and many of these issues can result in reduced social inclusion.
Hertfordshire County Council offers various services to enhance the lives of people of all ages living with autism in the county.
To coincide with World Autism Awareness Week, the Hertfordshire All Age Autism Partnership has released a guide aimed at employers to help train their staff to have a better understanding and knowledge of the condition.
Co-produced with autistic people, parents and carers as well as professionals; the guide provides information on how to recognise behaviour on the spectrum and how to deliver a positive experience for both your staff, colleagues and customers.
The guide is free to download from https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/how-the-council-works/partnerships/all-age-autism-board.aspx.
Support is also available to families of children and young people who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) via our SEND Local Offer website, www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/localoffer. Containing useful information and advice, residents can use the website to explore local activities and find out about community and support groups.
We have lots of autism friendly libraries in Hertfordshire suitable for children and adults alike. A recently introduced initiative, the autism friendly service has developed visual stories to introduce autistic users to their local library and to help break down any barriers they might have before they visit. Each of the libraries also has trained staff who are experienced in working with people with learning disabilities. Find your nearest participating library at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/autismfriendlylibraries
Iain MacBeath, Director of Adult Care Services, said:
“We are committed to helping improve the lives of people with autism in Hertfordshire.”
“We want to support people to live the life they want, with assistance to find employment, leisure and social activities. All residents should feel happy and valued; this is key to developing more inclusive communities.”
To find out more about the support available to businesses, or if you are already a Disability Confident employer or employing people with disabilities and would like to work with us to promote better social inclusion email firstname.lastname@example.org