Access. Inclusion. Diversity. All people deserve to be embraced by their community. Autism Friendly Cities: How to Create an Inclusive Community is the first book designed to guide city leadership and staff through the process of evaluation, training, implementation, and developing an Autism Friendly initiative that will help you open your doors to everyone. People with autism should be able to participate in all that is offered and facilitated by their city, including services, activities, events, and points of connection. Being an Autism Friendly City is not only socially responsible, but will improve engagement, outreach, economic development, and resident satisfaction.
Part 1: THE WHY: WHY ARE WE HERE? WHY DOES THIS MATTER?
Chapter 1: The Good, The Bad, and The PR Nightmares
*Reflection: The Good and The Bad
A Dialogue: DEIA
Consider Your City
*Brainstorm: Evaluate Your City
Chapter 2: Recruiting Others
Who Is at the Forefront of This Movement?
What is the Time Commitment?
How Do We Pay for This?
Chapter 3: Listen to Your Community
Survey Your Residents
*Resident Survey/Needs Assessment
What You Might Hear
Tend Your Garden
Part 2: THE WHO: PEOPLE WITH AUTISM, LEADERS, AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Chapter 4: Let's Talk a Bit about Autism
*Quiz (Pre/Post Test): A Brief Quiz on Autism
Basic Diagnostic Information
Difference Versus Deficit
*Pre/Post-Test Quiz Answers
Chapter 5: Training
What Training Does My Team Need/
*Worksheet: Questions for Potential Trainers
How to Continue the Conversation
Chapter 6: Putting Together Your Inclusion Team: Community Partners Are Key
Develop Your Inclusion Team
*Worksheet: Create Your Inclusion Team
Potential Community-based Team Members
Location and Timeframe for Meetings
Inclusion Team Meeting Agenda
Sample Inclusion Team Meeting Agenda
Team Collaborations and Projects
Regional or Statewide Inclusion Teams
Part 3: THE WHAT: CREATING CHANGE
Chapter 7: Getting Started
*Worksheet: What Does Inclusion Look Like for Your City?
Chapter 8: Environmental Modifications
High and Low Sensory Spaces
*Worksheet: Design your Space
Chapter 9: Communication Techniques
First Point of Contact
Using Direct Communication
*Resident Meeting Agenda Template
Chapter 10: Visual Supports
*Sample Visual Support Template
*Sample Visual Support Incorporating Directions
*Sample Visual Support Where Graphics Are Incorporated into Existing Document
Chapter 11: Social Sciences
What is a Social Story?
What Must a Social Story Contain?
How Can I Create a Social Story?
*Sample Social Story
Chapter 12: Designing Large-Scale Events
Chapter 13: An Example: Libraries
Low Sensory Library Spaces
Sensory Friendly Browsing
Autism Friendly Programming
*Sample Autism Friendly Program Registration Form
Sensory Friendly Movie Night
Sensory Friendly Story Time
Chapter 14: Summer Camp Inclusion/IRPs
*IRP (Individualized Recreational Program) Sample
Chapter 15: Employment and HR Tips
Chapter 16: Conclusion: Share with Others
Declaring You Are an Autism Friendly City
Tell the World