SPREADING AWARENESS IN BATTLEFIELD
City mayor, Debra Hickey, paired with locally-based Stars for Autism to start the initiative in Battlefield. Hickey’s grandson is on the spectrum, along with other children in the community, and she recognizes the need for greater awareness and understanding.
The town plans to provide training to city employees as well as businesses and churches within the community. This education helps residents gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by families with children on the spectrum, and it provides the public with better strategies for positive interactions.
MORE AUTISM-FRIENDLY FEATURES TO COME
The city of Battlefield plans to apply for grants to further develop its autism-friendly environment. New playground equipment is one of the first purchases on the list. The town hopes to add to its traditional swings and slides with interactive playground equipment that engages all the senses.Sensory playgrounds offer children opportunities to explore various textures, sights and sounds. Sandboxes, areas for water play, musical toys, and imaginary play props are common features of sensory-stimulating play areas.
More and more resources are becoming available to children with autism. As awareness grows, children on the spectrum have more opportunities for independence, but what about adults on the spectrum who never had those resources? Check out this autism-friendly adult community in Tennessee.