Diversity and Inclusion: Autism Guernsey

‘EXPERTISE, knowledge and understanding of autism, along with sensitivity and a desire to have a positive impact on people’s lives’ is why the Autism Guernsey team have been nominated for the Diversity and Inclusion award.

‘EXPERTISE, knowledge and understanding of autism, along with sensitivity and a desire to have a positive impact on people’s lives’ is why the Autism Guernsey team have been nominated for the Diversity and Inclusion award. 

RBC partnered with Liberate to sponsor the award, which launched this year.

It recognises contributions to encourage diversity and create environments where people feel valued and included. 

Nominating the team was Sandra Robilliard, an adult with autism who volunteers for the charity.

Usual practices are adjusted to accommodate for sensory and social challenges to meet the needs of anybody they encounter. 

Distinct coping strategies, tools, approaches and communication methods are adapted to suit each individual in recognition that everybody is unique. 

Aware of light and sound sensitivity, the team work in natural light and notify people before using any noisy equipment so people with autism can prepare for stimuli. 

Questions are asked and communication methods vary when providing instructions to ensure any information is easy to process. 

Because of these alterations, life is much easier around the Autism Guernsey team for people with autism. 

They ensure that people feel very much included as part of the team. 

In turn this allows a sense of purpose to know people are valued and appreciated for both their skills and unique way of experiencing the world.

Additionally, the team proactively raise awareness of autism at fundraising events, formal training sessions, drop-in services and in partnership with other charities. 

Awareness training aims to help businesses, organisations and charities understand how someone with autism experiences the world. As a result they learn how to make minor adjustments to accommodate any specific needs of people with autism, while also highlighting the many positives that someone with autism can bring to a workplace.

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