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Improving accessibility for autistic people

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Hi all

We've just added a new case study about iROAM, a service which provides interactive video tours of buildings and places. The videos allow people to choose which part of the building they want to visit, and includes information about noises, smells etc to alert people to potential sensory issues.

Do autistic people and families that you support experience problems with accessibility? How do you think services and buildings could be more autism-friendly? We'd love to hear your thoughts on iROAM - are there similar initiatives in your local area?

Many thanks,

Chris

AutismAdvocate

July 27, 2017 - 10:01pm

There is a lot of difficulty for autistics with accessibility.  Even for basic needs like visiting the GP and the RCGP has had free autism training modules available online for GPs for ages now http://www.rcgp.org.uk/learning/online-learning/ole/autism-in-general-pr... Anything that can reduce the difficulties is a good idea.  Allowing appointments outside of standard times for instance.  Providing a quiet room to wait in.  Having softer lighting.  Not allowing staff in open reception desk areas to bring cooked lunches into reception.  There are basic legal duties on public sector staff and they are routinely ignored.  Such as anticipatory reasonable adjustments.  When the law starts getting upheld then public sector organisations will start heeding it.

July 31, 2017 - 10:30am

Thanks for your comments.

Although it's about a hospital as opposed to GPs, this article about Macclesfield Hospital highlights some good examples of how to make healthcare more autism-friendly. You may have already read it, but also wanted to highlight it to others following this discussion.

Thanks,

Chris