• Autism Council of Utah

ACU AWARE Program


Recognizing establishments where Autism is Welcomed, Accepted & Respected everyday.

The Autism Council of Utah created the AWARE program so families have a listing of establishments that welcome, accept & respect their customers who live with autism. These establishments are awarded the AWARE certificate by You!


If you know of an establishment that helps individuals with autism and their families have a more enjoyable experience, please nominate them to receive the AWARE Certificate. Please emailing us at ourworld.jessicakerr@yahoo.com your experience and the companies info so we can add them to our registry. We will then present them with an AWARE decal for their front window/door to display for all to see.


AWARE establishments may help to accommodate individuals with autism and their families by ~

  • Call ahead seating, offer the family and individual sit in a more quiet area, and/or have pictures to describe the menu

  • Offer a quiet room or place to go where parents can calm a child in case of overstimulation– such as coat room, unused room or area of the restaurant. 

  • Signage that will inform other customers and promote understanding

  • Use dim, natural lighting

  • Use pale, pastel colors on walls

  • Reduce visual distractions

  • Avoid strong odors, use mild air freshening smells

  • Show services in words and pictures

  • Call ahead check-in, so families are able to wait in the car until they are ready to be seated

  • And/Or any other accommodations that help make the outing a success

For many people, going to the movies, grabbing a bite to eat, or even visiting a local doctor’s office are activities that require minimal planning to make them successful. This is not the case for most people who live with autism. Careful planning must take place to ensure their comfort and safety, to help them understand the purpose of the activity and to make it enjoyable for everyone involved.


We need establishments in our community to support our loved ones living with autism and their families. The Autism Council of Utah has FREE information to help educate companies and their employees about autism, how to better serve these customers and how to create the best atmosphere for them. An AWARE decal is given to be displayed on the front door or window of the establishment plus a certificate of recognition to display inside. The ACU will also post your logo, establishment address and contact info on our AWARE Registry on our website for families to access.


The AWARE Certificate

The Autism Council of Utah would like to thank the establishments for being one where ~ Autism is Welcomed, Accepted & Respected Everyday ~ AWARE

You can be nominated by one or more of your loyal customers who live with and/or has family or friends who live with autism.


Our autism community depends greatly on the awareness and understanding from our local businesses. How employees react to and accommodate those with autism allows the individual and their family and friends to enjoy many outings that most people don’t have to think twice about; a visit to the dentist, eating at a restaurant or grocery shopping. We are so grateful for businesses that help make our community a great place to live

Thank you, again, for your outstanding service to our autism community!




Belgian Waffle and Omelet Inn

7331 South 900 East

Midvale, Utah, 84047

801-566-5731








RubySnap Fresh Cookies

770 South 300 West

Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101

801-834-6111

www.rubysnap.com





Caffe Zero Pizza

6550 South 3000 East

Holladay, Utah, 84121

801-878-7914

www.caffezeropizza.com


Doug Smith Subaru

501 W. Main Street

American Fork, Utah, 84003

801-847-1048


ACU and Doug Smith ~ Share The Love



Olympus Burgers

6100 South 900 East

801-262-6293


9326 South 700 East

801-571-6868


McDonalds Locations - With noise cancelling headphones in the play area.

  • 10550 S 1300 E, Sandy, Ut

  • 895 E Ft. Union Blvd, Midvale, Ut

  • 7024 S. Highland Drive, Cottonwood Heights

  • 11229 S Automall Drive Sandy UT










All information provided on the ACU Web site is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between the ACU and any person or entity unless otherwise specified. Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the ACU. Information on the ACU website is subject to change without prior notice. Although every reasonable effort is made to present current and accurate information, the ACU makes no guarantees of any kind.

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Address:  Autism Council of Utah
780 Guardsman Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

 

Email: autismcouncilofutah@gmail.com

This website is supported by funds generously received from the Utah Autism Specialty Plate grant fund.

Please contact Jessica Kerr ourworld.jessicakerr@yahoo.com if you would like to be added to our resources or find any misinformation.

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All information provided on the ACU Web site is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between the ACU and any person or entity unless otherwise specified. Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the ACU. Information on the ACU website is subject to change without prior notice. Although every reasonable effort is made to present current and accurate information, the ACU makes no guarantees of any kind.