Projects in the Community

Support Groups for Autistic Adults (only in Portuguese)

We have free support groups every other weekends, for autistic people, and for family members and therapists. Each meeting has a theme, where you can ask questions or share your experience. Sometimes we also have small informal meetings to just talk or meeting other autistic people.

 

Supporting autistic people in crisis situations

In the context of the need to include and guarantee support to autistic people and their family members in the humanitarian response to Ukraine, a brief guide “Supporting autistic people in crisis situations”, developed by EUCAP (European Council of Autistic People), of which we are affiliated, and Autisme Europe was developed. In this file we provide some information about what Autism is, how to recognize it, how to help and where you can find more information.  It is available in several languages, some AAC material, information on what to do and who to contact for support. You can also join Ukraine Autism Help group online to find different support offers by country in accomodation, transports, autism help, etc.

Sensory clothes for autistic adults

Around 90% of autistic people have difficulties with sensory sensitivities and around 83% have difficulties with motor skills. Sensory sensitivity to everyday stimuli has a psychological, physical and social impact.

The clothing and fashion industry still does not offer enough solutions to the daily difficulties of autistic people, but it is an important area to guarantee independence. Clothing should be easy to wear, comfortable and with less stimuli and other labels that could cause overload.

Dear Ocean, accepted our challenge and developed clothes, based on feedback we received from autistic people and their family members, about needs and preferred clothing.

The Infinity collection is sensory aware and developed to be easy and comfortable to wear.

Community an support

We want to share information developed by autistic people, for autistic people. A lot of theories were developed on what autism was by non-autistic people, not from the perspective of the autistic people themselves. Instead of focusing on normalizing the autistic person, we focus on developing independent living and improving quality of life, with information and support that worked for others in the community. For that, we try to increase the sense of community within Portugal.

Sensory Inclusion

One of the most common characteristics in autistic people is atypical sensory sensitivity to certain external stimuli. When we talk about accessibility, we talk a lot about physical accessibility to buildings, but we rarely talk about sensory inclusion, and ensuring that autistic people are able to access public places and establishments to guarantee the independent life and quality of life they deserve. We consult on sensory inclusion programs. If you want to talk to us about accessibility and sensory inclusion in your business, contact us at geral@vozdoautista.pt

Partnerships

We partner with international and national autistic activists, thier families, organizations, the scientific community and experts in the field, to translate and expand information and international projects that can help autistic people in Portugal. If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact us at geral@vozdoautista.pt

Sexuality and Consent

For autistic people, sex education needs to be more than the mechanics of sex. It should be about flirting, developing healthy relationships, safe sex, hypersensitivity during sex, consent and bodily autonomy. Adults with autism or a learning disability need safe places to ask honest and open questions. We are currently preparing free online webinars on the following topics:

 

Consent, Personal boundaries in different types of relationships, Dating and flirting, Sexual orientation and gender identity, How to develop relationships, Healthy versus abusive relationships, Alexithymia and identifying feelings and desires, Teaching how to respect ourselves, and others, Puberty and social dynamics , Inappropriate behaviors, Masturbation and self-regulation.

Available or personalized training

If you are interested in organizing any of our trainings, please contact geral@vozdoautista.pt.

We are also available to develop customized training according to your needs and training time.

Training of public entities for emergency situations

We develop training of public response teams, such as emergency services, police, or other authorities who are in contact with the public, to know how to act in an emergency and descalate situations, in a safe way for the autistic person.

Autism studies support 

 

Many of the studies carried out in the past have focused on curing or normalizing autistic behavior. In recent years, the scientific community has started to include adults and autistic children in research development, to ensure that we are able to address  what iss really needed. We support scientific studies that are focus on the autistic perspective, and the increase in their well-being.  We also translate articles, guides, and important published literature to portuguese, to ensure that information is available to the portuguese speaking public.

Autism Data

We want to gather and process data on Autism in Portugal. All children eventually become adults, and we need to understand how to improve lifelong support. We develop questionnaires about the quality of life of autistic adults, employability, education, food selectivity, among others, based on the most recent international studies, to understand the needs of autistic people in Portugal.