Recently, the CDC announced that 1 in 36 children are diagnosed with autism. With knowledge of this growing statistic, we know that an even greater rate of children have a sibling or family member they love who has autism; and an even higher rate of families are impacted by autism. As prevalence of autism continues to increase, Visit Ausome Indy is dedicated to creating a growing network of “ausome friendly” places for families to enjoy.
Life with autism is unpredictable. Many children and adults with autism live with sensory processing issues that make sounds, lights, smells, crowds and environments challenging to tolerate or navigate. Communicating discomfort can be difficult or impossible, resulting in meltdowns as a form of communication. As a result, parents, family members and caregivers opt to stay home in order to avoid the unpredictable nature of how autism impacts their loved one.
Quality of life for family members and the child with autism is lessened by the lack of social outings and community engagement that can result.
Visit Ausome Indy proactively reaches these families, and those who plan to travel to Indy, with a network of safe, welcoming and accommodating, “ausome friendly” places for their family to enjoy.
Are you a business, hotel, restaurant, or activity center that is interested in being a part of our Ausome Indy network?
There are many benefits for your staff, your business, and the families you serve! Contact us for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org
Restaurants, businesses, hotels, social service providers, ANY entity can become "Ausome Friendly" and join the Ausome Indy Network. Submit your interest below.
The Autism Travel Club provides autism readiness training for hospitality organizations, corporations. and essential workers. Online, comprehensive training empowers staff to provide a safe and welcoming environment for families with autism.
Ausome Friendly Indy is partnered with Autism Travel Club to put Indianapolis, Indiana on the map for travel and to encourage and educate businesses about inclusion as it relates to their business and the communities they serve.
With the rise in autism diagnosis rates, it isn't a question of IF an autism episode will occur, but WHEN.
One negative review or experience from an employee/business that was not autism ready could cost a lot in negative press. Being autism accepting in the autism readiness training can be of tremendous help in such a situation. Local and tourist families plan trips to aware businesses because of your dedication to their families and their specific sensory needs and accommodations.
Children/people on the spectrum crave routine and familiar surroundings. Once a family has had a successful visit to your establishment, you can bet they will be back AND tell their friends about the experience.
Together we can put autism on the map!