Youth groups and extra-curricular activities are a very important part of young people's lives - helping them make new friends, grow in confidence and develop new skills. Yet sadly we know many young autistic people find it hard to attend youth groups due to misunderstanding of autism and problems with accessibility.
To tackle this problem, Ambitious about Autism's Youth Patrons have created Include Autism - the toolkit for developing autism inclusive youth groups. This practical guide contains information, advice and resources to increase understanding of autism and encourage simple changes that will make youth groups more autism-friendly places.
Include Autism toolkit
We want the Include Autism Toolkit to be as useful to as many people as possible. It opens with information about autism and then splits into resources for youth group leaders, parents and carers and autistic young people. You can download one specific section or all of the sections. The toolkit is editable so that you can fill in sections with your own information.
Advice, support and practical resources on including autism for youth group leaders.
Top tips and practical resources for parents to help support their young people to access new opportunities.
Support for young people to help them improve their experience at youth groups.
Include Autism forms and templates