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Autism Friendly Charter

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What is the Autism Friendly Charter?

The Autism Friendly Charter is an initiative from Autism SA that has been designed to assist businesses, organisations and venues across Australia to create autism friendly places and services for people on the spectrum of all ages.

A free online learning platform and business directory, the Autism Friendly Charter features advice and guidance on how to make your organisation more inclusive. It also provides training programs designed to increase autism awareness in your team, as well as a set of principles to guide you as you make the transition.


The Autism Friendly Charter is designed to help all types of businesses, organisations and venues create autism friendly environments, including sports clubs, cinemas, supermarkets, shopping centres, playgrounds, restaurants, dentists, doctors, hairdressers, swimming pools and leisure centres.

Click here to visit the Autism Friendly Charter website and find out more.


Why does Australia need the Autism Friendly Charter?

Only around 4% of the 200,000+ people in Australia who are on the spectrum believe that businesses, organisations and venues across the country understand autism, or know how to support them through the provision of autism friendly places and services*.

This means that a significant majority of people on the spectrum with sensory, communication and social interaction difficulties are not being made to feel welcome in retail spaces, leisure facilities or service providers across the country.

By signing up to the Autism Friendly Charter, you will be playing a crucial role in creating a more inclusive community for all, ensuring that people with autism are able to enjoy your services and participate in activities you provide without the experience negatively impacting on their wellbeing.

*Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2018


How can I sign up to the Autism Friendly Charter?

Signing up to the Autism Friendly Charter is free and easy to do.

Simply go to the registration page, sign up, and nominate the members of your team who will complete the online training.

Once the one-hour training program has been successfully completed, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion, plus you will get access to a range of free printed and digital support materials.

You can then complete the full-page website and app directory listing for your business, organisation or venue. People on the spectrum who are looking for autism friendly environments will then be able to find you quickly and easily, and share your details with their family and friends.

Click here to register for the Autism Friendly Charter today.


The Autism Friendly app

If you, your child or someone you know is on the spectrum, the Autism Friendly app will help you to discover autism friendly places and spaces wherever you are.

Install the Autism Friendly app on your smartphone or tablet to find places to eat and drink, leisure facilities or shopping centres that cater for people with autism anywhere in Australia. The listings are designed to tell you everything you need to know, including the autism friendly services and facilities on offer, such as:

  • Autism aware staff
  • Calm spaces
  • Fenced areas for safety
  • Spaces clearly marked
  • Designated quiet times
  • Designated low light times
  • Sensory tools
  • Social narratives


How to find autism friendly locations using the app

You can find autism friendly businesses in the app by searching for the type of organisation or venue you need, entering a keyword, or using your current location.

You’ll find everything you need to know about a business or place in the Notes and Badges section of each listing, including a map, contact details, and the autism friendly services provided, plus any special deals that are on offer. You can also read ratings and reviews from other users, and share your own experiences too.

If you want to get in touch with any of the organisations or venues listed, you can also use the app to message them directly.


Download the Autism Friendly app

The Autism Friendly app is available free for iOS and Android users. Click the links below to download the app, or search Autism Friendly in the App Store or Google Play.