One of the toughest things about autism is the judgments of strangers.
"That child shouldn't be lying on the concrete..."
"You should be ashamed of yourself..."
"Isn't that woman too old to be..."
"Not feeding that child cookies/ice cream/etc. is child abuse..."
If you'd like the people around you to be more understanding of autistics, respectful of autistics needs, and accommodating of autistic behaviours, having a simple way to share information can help.
And if you'd like to include autistics in events you create, but don't know how, this is a good starting place.
This double-sided cheat sheet is my best attempt at sharing the critical information about how to:
- include autistics in social venues and special events
- design clinic and classroom spaces to minimize autism challenges
- prepare ahead for events and traveling to optimize the benefits, enjoyment, and engagement of everyone involved