People in Hackney have been asked to contribute their views on how to make the borough more friendly for its autistic residents and visitors.
In a joint consultation with the City of London, Hackney residents have been invited to share their ideas on how the borough can become more “autism friendly”.
Both authorities want to hear particularly from residents with autism, as well as their families and carers, to suggest ideas.
Councillor Feryal Demirci, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care, Transport and Parks, said: “We want the borough to be more supporting of autistic residents and I would encourage them to get involved, share their first-hand experiences and knowledge to help shape our autism plan.”
Access Social, a company run by people with accessibility issues to create tools designed for people with access needs, commented on the importance of asking autistic residents in the council’s plan. Their virtual tour platform iRoam gives people in-depth access information, so they are supportive of efforts to improve accessibility.
“Start by asking residents with autism. There’s plenty of work that can be done to make services and public buildings more accessible.”
Once the suggestions have been collected the council will work to make services and the community more friendly for autistic residents. The council is also improving opportunities through its employment service Hackney Works, which provides one-to-one support to those who need it.
Councillor Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources, said: “It is leading and paving the way for the borough to become more autism friendly, ensuring there are equal opportunities for everyone at all levels.”
Residents can submit views here. The terms autistic and autism cover various conditions, diagnosed or otherwise, including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Autistic Spectrum Condition and neuro-divergence.