People with disability

Autism-friendly symbol

The autism-friendly symbol is displayed by participating businesses and services that are considered suitable for people with autism.

The autism-friendly symbol is displayed by participating businesses and services that are considered suitable for people with autism.

Locations that display the autism friendly symbol have undergone an environmental assessment conducted by Amaze – the peak advocacy body for people with autism in Victoria.

An environmental assessment looks at the physical environment to ensure that it is suitable for the autism community. It identifies the social, structural and sensory experiences that autistic people may find challenging. An assessor from Amaze and an autistic consultant attend each service or business to understand what a typical experience would be like for an autistic individual.

Each business or service is given practical recommendations to make their location more accessible. When at least 50% of the recommendations are adopted the business or service can display the autism friendly symbol.

Where to find StreetAbility services and businesses:

  • Brotherhood of St Laurence located at 1/293 High Street, Preston
  • The Bridge located at 218 High Street, Preston
  • Team Carlo Taekwondo located at 506 High Street, Preston
  • Wise Employment located at 10 Cramer Street, Preston
  • Salvation Army located at 263 Gower Street, Preston
  • DIVRS located at 285-287 High Street, Preston
  • Preston Library located at 266 Gower Street, Preston
  • Darebin Intercultural Centre located at 59A Roseberry Ave, Preston
  • Darebin Council Customer Services located at 274 Gower Street, Preston

For more information on how to make your environment autism-friendly contact AMAZE on 03 9657 1621 or via e-mail: learning@amaze.org.au.

The StreetAbility project

StreetAbility is an initiative that aims to improve social inclusion for autistic people within Preston Central. The initiative encourages local services and businesses – with the support of Darebin City Council and Amaze – to adapt their environment to make it autism friendly. Each location is assessed and provided with recommendations on how to make their location accessible. When the recommendations are adopted the business or service can display the autism friendly symbol.

Currently 10 businesses and services in Preston Central, have undertaken the assessment and made minor adaptions to become autism friendly.

The project intends to expand to include more businesses and services making Preston Central and Darebin City Council one of the first autism friendly communities in metropolitan Melbourne.

Our partners

The StreetAbility project was developed and supported by members of a project team undertaking the Future Focus Groups, Committee for Melbourne's business and civic leadership program.

The major partners supporting the program are Darebin City Council and Amaze. Darebin City Council supports the StreetAbility project to make Preston Central a safe, welcoming space for people with autism. Amaze is the peak body for people on the autism spectrum and their supporters in Victoria. They provide independent, credible information and resources to individuals, families, professionals, government and the wider community.

More information

Access and Inclusion team
Phone: (03) 8470 8327
Email: disability.access@darebin.vic.gov.au