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How Glasgow became an autism-friendly city – Glasgow Live

Over the past year Glasgow City Council has been at the forefront of ensuring the city is as inclusive as possible.

Since the launch of the Autism Aware campaign, over 100 staff have received specialist training and advice; a number of businesses and organisations have introduced quiet hours and services; and a unique interactive map was launched to help families plan their trip.

And now a short-film has been released which highlights what is being done to improve services for people with autism in Glasgow – featuring two young people with autism from the city.

It has been a busy year for Seamus Connolly and the council’s City Centre Regeneration team who have worked tirelessly to continue to make the city as accessible as possible for people with autism.

Seamus told Glasgow Live: “It’s part of the overall city centre strategy from the council and one of the themes is inclusiveness and how the city centre is open to everyone.

“It is an ongoing project and we are continually working with stakeholders to ensure we are doing things which will make it easy for a person with autism.

“From our research we know that people with autism feel excluded from going to the city centre, so it’s about raising awareness with the public about how to work better as individuals to be more aware of autism and the difficulties people face.”

11-year-old Nicola Johnstone is the star of the new short-film which follows her in and around the city centre enjoying a day out in Glasgow.

Nicola designed the puzzle piece logo which is now proudly displayed in shops and business across Glasgow to show they are autism-friendly. The puzzle piece logo – a nod to the jigsaw piece representing autism and in the shape of the city boundary, complete with the Clyde running through.

Nicola has autism and despite past challenges, is now proud to be able to help others like her in the city.

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