What is Include Autism?
Our Youth Patrons have not always had an inclusive experience at youth groups. In fact, some only felt included when they joined our Youth Council. This needs to change. Autistic young people have an equal right to attend the youth groups that their non-autistic peers do.
The Include Autism toolkit was based on how the Ambitious about Autism Youth Council creates an inclusive, physical, communicative and respectful environment for autistic young people. The toolkit was developed to ensure that other autistic young people can access this type of environment in youth groups in their local areas. Find out more about how and why Include Autism was created by reading the project overview presentation.
Our Youth Patrons recorded what they achieved during the project in a behind-the-scenes report showing how an idea became a tangible resource.
Include Autism was funded by the Comic Relief Sustainability Fund.
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/carers and autistic young people.
You can download the full toolkit or one specific section, all of which are provided below. The toolkit is editable so you can fill in sections with your own information.
Additional Include Autism tools, resources and templates
As part of the Include Autism Toolkit, our Youth Patrons created resources that can be used over and over again, to make and maintain supportive and inclusive youth group environments. You can download the individual resources below.
Include Autism workshops
Alongside the toolkit, Youth Patrons are also delivering workshops to young people and youth professionals who work with autistic young people in youth settings.
Workshops have been delivered to:
- The Mix, the UK's leading digital support service for young people, by young people.
- Wandsworth Youth Council, a youth council for young people aged 11-19.
- The Quakers and staff that run their children and young people programmes.
- The Scouts North London Division.
- British Youth Council.
- London Councils.
You can find out more about the Include Autism workshops by getting in touch with the participation team.
Download our resources
Download the individual toolkit sections and additional tools, resources and templates.