The United Nations General Assembly declared 02 April as World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of children and adults who are affected by autism.
There are around 700,000 people in the UK with autism – that’s more than 1 in 100. If you include their families, autism touches the lives of 2.7 million people every day.
For further information, read How many people have autism spectrum disorders?
The National Assembly for Wales is proud to have been awarded the National Autistic Society’s Access Award. The Award is a best practice standard for buildings and facilities, designed to provide assurance to people with autism and their families and carers. It demonstrates that the facilities are autism-friendly, and that there is a commitment to making sure people with autism can access them. See the full press release by clicking here.
Below are some of the things the Assembly did in order to achieve the accreditation:
- Created a section on our website dedicated to visitors with autism. The section provides information links to specifically designed resources in different formats;
- Established designated quiet areas for people with autism to rest and de-stress;
- Ensured relevant staff received disability confidence training, which includes a section on autism;
- Identified 28 Autism Champions from across the organisation, including Security and Front of House, who are currently undergoing training;
- Established links with and gathered feedback from National Autistic Society local groups;
- Created a feedback form, to enable continual feedback from visitors with autism.