Out and About

With restrictions lifting, here are some tips for enjoying getting out and about once more…

  • If you prefer to visit places when they are less crowded, it’s worth contacting places beforehand to find out when their quieter times are.
  • Look out for autism-friendly sessions or quiet hours in places of interest like museums, theme parks or cinemas, along with certain shops. Their websites will usually let you know, but you may want to get in touch to find out whether they have a quiet space available to get away from the crowds.
  • If you are unable to wear a mask you can carry and display a mask exemption card. You could purchase one, such as this sunflower card from Hidden Disabilities, or download and print out your own by clicking here.
  • You will likely have to book in advance to reserve space within pubs, bars and restaurants. You may also be able to request certain preferences, such as being seated away from the kitchen or having a table near the window.
  • If using public transport, check running times and for any service delays in advance. It’s best to be prepared for any delays and help prevent the stress of running late for any reservations you’ve made.
  • Perhaps give yourself some extra time to travel, just in case of unforseen disruptions or delays.
  • Order an ATTENTION CARD to help you communicate to police officers or other officials when you are away from your home – you can find out more about Attention Card schemes below…
Attention Card Schemes for autistic people
An autism alert card or passport is a document you can carry to help communicate your needs as an autistic / neurodivergent individual to police officers or other officials when you are away from your home. The National Police Autism Association has a page explaining a little about some of the different schemes run by regional police forces across the UK. Click here to find out more.
For those living in Merseyside and Cheshire, the local police forces have worked together to create an ‘Attention Card’ scheme. The Card, which is recognised by the emergency services, states: ‘The person you have with you will have a medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition’.
When you apply for an Attention Card you are given the option for any specific difficulties the applicant might have to be recorded onto Cheshire or Merseyside Police’s intelligence system.
This means that in an emergency, irrespective of whether they are carrying the Attention Card or an Autism Code Keyring, their difficulties will be acknowledged and appropriate support given. This can be very beneficial for autistic children, teenagers and adults alike, and is available for free.
Information about wearing face coverings
It is important to try and wear a face covering, if you can do so comfortably, when required to protect yourself and other people.
    Click here for full details

    Go to gov.org to find out more

    If you are finding wearing a face covering difficult you may be exempt.

    Exemptions include:

    • Having a disability or health condition that means you can not wear a face covering.
    • A face covering will cause severe distress or anxiety.
    • You need to communicate with someone who relies on lip reading.
    • You have a reasonable need to eat, drink or take medicine.

    Advice and courses

    One-to-one advice, workshops, and guidance for individuals on the autism spectrum, their family and carers. For more details call 07823 400 604, or email: ATAS.Dept@autismtogether.co.uk