Why is community inclusion important for autistic people?
Autism is too often thought of in terms of the Medical Model, or as a set of deficits and impairments which require fixing. In contrast, AsIAm views autism through the Social Model; which views most struggles resulting from disability as a consequence of barriers in society. Below there are some examples of why community inclusion is important
Even with diagnosis and appropriate clinical and therapeutic supports, autistic people may struggle within community settings where their access needs clash with the environment. Autistic people may not feel confident to go to certain places or use certain services. This can be frustrating as it can interfere with them pursuing their interests. For example, they may wish to attend an event because they worry about experiencing sensory overload.
These barriers can be improved through:
These pages give information to help autistic people participate equally in the community in areas like education, transport and socialising.