30th September 2016 saw the launch in Calderdale of an information poster for Reasonable Adjustments for People With Autism. The idea being that Calderdale, within its public services and local businesses, is planning to become an Autism Friendly borough. The team behind the project, a combination of adult social care staff, NHS staff and individuals with ASC, worked to raise awareness, through ways in which environments and services can be more proactive in positively adjusting to the needs of people with ASC. The poster, designed in conjunction with Calderdale Council and South West Yorkshire NHS Partnership Foundation Trust will initially be available for services such as GP Surgeries, Dentists, Health Centres, Leisure Centres and public buildings, but the idea is to get it out to the entire community. We’ve checked and certainly, the group are happy to have the help list distributed beyond the boundaries of Calderdale, so watch out Leeds and Bradford. In the photograph, left to right, Andrew Smith (Autism Partnership) Wil Lilburn-Quick (Specialist Autism Services) Dawn Collins (Autism Lead – Calderdale Council) Stephen Simpson (South West Yorkshire NHS) Teresa Kitson (Asperger’s Support Group) and Simon Smith (Asperger’s Support Group).
Here is the finished product: