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How long is the award valid for?

The Autism Friendly Award lasts one year and is renewable, based on ongoing assessment by the National Autistic Society team.

Is there a cost associated with the award?

There is a small charge associated with the awarding process. However, some types of organisations are exempt from the charge. This covers our time in assessing and administering the awards programme and is determined based on your organisation’s size and requirements in consultation with you.

What do I receive as an award holder?

  • use of the National Autistic Society’s Autism Friendly Award logo
  • a quote about your success for press and marketing purposes
  • National Autistic Society Autism Friendly Award certification and window stickers
  • we will support you by announcing your achievement to our audience of Twitter followers, our volunteer-run branches across the UK and to 3,000 staff who work directly with autistic people.

How do you determine what ‘autism friendly’ means?

The award has been designed in conjunction with autistic people. All the criteria and guidance we follow has been designed by and for autistic people and we constantly check that our approach is fit for purpose. We encourage businesses to support reasonable adjustments such as ensuring autistic people are not overwhelmed, have space to relax, provide visual and clear information to outline what to expect as a customer and other support measures such as staff autism awareness training.