Creating Safe Spaces for Autistic People (reduced colour inside)

A Guide for Building your Affirming Organisation or Group- Digital Version (reduced colour version)

By Scott Neilson and Laura Hellfeld




‘Creating Safe Spaces for Autistic People’ is a fantastic, well thought out 140 page book to help services be truly more inclusive of our community members.



Laura and Scott are Autistic educators & have personal experience in guiding organisations with creating affirming groups & they also know the benefits of when we are able to come together with our community members. We know that in these safe spaces that we are able to thrive.



Their booklet outlines some of the key principles, values & approaches that can cultivate a safe space for Autistic people & better ensure that your event or group is accessible.



This guide is both for identifying & non-identifying Autistic people to help support developing their groups across a range of settings & activities such as lunch clubs, interest-based groups, community events, play groups, library activities and online gatherings. It is also relevant for schools, universities, healthcare services & therapists who are looking to make a safe space for Autistics.



This book reviews guidelines to build the foundations of your group and includes ensuring that your staff or volunteers have the best knowledge to meet participant needs. They also outline the variety of areas to consider in order to create ongoing accessibility for participants. The aim is to help Autistics feel able to join and to maintain group participation if they would like. In addition, there are discussions that feature supporting PDA Autistics, participants in distress & community intersections. Throughout the booklet, they have included insight and reflections from various educators, professionals & advocates. Their experiences provide additional ideas of support & highlight how important it has been for them to be connected into the community.



They hope that each of you are able to take away meaningful ways forward for your group so that Autistic participants are truly welcomed, validated & comfortable taking part.

Booklet Versions

We are offering two versions of our ‘Creating Safe Spaces for Autistic People’ booklet. One is ‘full colour’ which has different coloured backgrounds throughout the booklet & some differing font colours. The ‘reduced colour’ version has all beige backgrounds, only black text & some geometric template shapes removed. Please note that the content is the same in both & therefore both do not need to be purchased. Please choose the version that is best for you. Also we chose standard colour print to be the most financially accessible. THIS IS THE REDUCED COLOUR VERSION 




“This is such a valuable resource for educators, for anybody working within the autistic & neurodivergent community, to hear the autistic voice, to ensure that spaces do feel safe and secure because if they don’t, we are unable to engage, to facilitate and to use whatever is being offered.”

Nicola Reekie

The PDA Space

“Woah…. super impressed at the phenomenal work and love Laura and Scott have poured into this vitally important guide! Listening to, and understanding Autistic lived experience – and working in a trauma informed approach – are all key to creating authentically safe, supporting spaces for Autistic people, and their families.”

The Autistic Collective

“Wow it’s so comprehensive – you two have thought of everything. It’s an amazing resource.”

Evaleen Whelton

AUsome Training