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HOW CAN I SIGN UP TO THE A LIST?
Once you have created a profile for yourself you will automatically be added to our mailing list. Go to: www.alisthub.com.au/register
HOW HAVE WE INVOLVED AUTISTIC PEOPLE?
The A list was developed with young autistic people for young autistic people, The A List places the autistic voice at the centre of all that we do. We have done this through:
- Our autistic focus groups provided detailed guidance on the types of activities to list on The A List, the topics for the resources. They helped us with our branding and choosing our logo.
- Appointed an Autistic Advisory panel to help make decisions.
- Our four amazing A Lists Ambassadors, Summer, Spike, Sam, and Richard have used their voices to tell us how they want The A List to work.
- Through our national survey and autistic peer researchers, we have received more feedback.
- The User testing provided valuable insights into how we could make the website easier to use
WHO IS FUNDING THE A LIST?
The Australian Government Department of Social Services is funding The A List through an NDIS ILC (Information, Linkages and Capacity Building) grant.
WHY WAS THE A LIST STARTED?
It was started by Bianca Shapiro and Nicole Gamerov from MyCareSpace, a free community service connecting autistic people and their families with services. The Team from MyCareSpace got tired of not being able to find social options for autistic people. They decided to do something about it!
WHO STARTED THE A LIST?
MyCareSpace approached the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) with their idea about The A List and AFDO loved it. They formed a partnership with Autism Community Network (ACN) and Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia (A4). Together they were awarded an NDIS ILC (Information, Linkages and Capacity Building) Grant from the Australian Government Department of Social Services in 2019 to start The A List.
WHAT IF I CAN’T FIND THE KIND OF ACTIVITIES I LIKE?
Let us know where you are and what you are looking for by emailing us Chances are we are already talking to providers in your area. By contacting us, we will let them know that people in your area are looking for social options.
HOW CAN I RECOMMEND A PROVIDER FOR THE A LIST?
If you know of a super provider that should be on The A List, email us and we will let the provider know they have been nominated for an A List listing.
WHAT AGE DOES THE A LIST CATER FOR?
We have started by offering options for young people aged 7 years and up. Over time we will be adding more options for older people as we know people don’t stop wanting to socialise as they get older.
HOW DO I BOOK SOCIAL ACTIVITIES?
Once you have found an activity you want to book, select the date you would like to attend the activity and press the button that says “Book a spot” then View your Cart and check out by adding your payment details.
HOW DO I CANCEL MY BOOKING?
To cancel a booking, you need to get directly in touch with the provider. If you are not sure how to contact them, find their listing on The A List and email a message directly to the provider. Include as much information as possible about the booking in the message. This will speed up the process.
Our T&C make it clear that “The cancellation, or refund of any Social Activities and or Support Services ordered on this Platform is strictly a matter between the relevant User and Provider.”
WHAT IF THERE ARE NO DATES ?
This means that the provider is either at capacity or they have not yet set dates for an activity. In this case, it would be best to contact the provider directly letting them know what dates you would be interested in.
HOW DO I KNOW THE PROVIDERS ON THE ALIST ARE REPUTABLE?
The A List may choose to conduct identity verification or background checks on any provider, however, any verification of provider on the platform is not an endorsement or recommendation that the Provider is trustworthy or suitable. You should always do your own due diligence before accessing or using a provider’s social activity. You can do this by seeing if the provider has any reviews on The A List or other public platforms. You can call or email the provider using the link provided on their listing. You may ask questions such as:
- What adjustments do you make for autistic people?
- Do you offer any training to your staff?
- What is your policy with respect to hiring and training staff or cancellations?
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY AUTISM FRIENDLY?
An “autism-friendly” activity or provider is one that makes some accommodations for autistic people, and where the provider is committed to creating a genuinely more inclusive and supportive environment. Making an environment more “autism-friendly” often benefits the whole community not just autistic people.
The adjustments made could vary, because of the diverse range of needs across the autistic community. These could include physical and environmental adjustments, offering sensory spaces, developing social scripts, adjusting lighting and noise levels, or providing visual communication supports or offering autism training for their staff. If your organisation would like to offer more autism-friendly activities, but you need some advice, please contact us at [email protected]
WHAT AGE DOES THE A LIST CATER FOR?
We have started by offering social options for young people aged 7 years and up. Over time we will be adding more options for older people as we know people don’t stop wanting to socialise as they get older.