A small step closer

What have we been up to of late I hear you asking, well we have been busy fundraising, planning and deciding on menus. Menus is the tough one, how do we please everybody, we must get this right, sensory sensitivity plays a huge part in public places and can often be the cause of meltdowns, our research has shown that families avoid such places to minimise stress to their loved one, we can never change Autism but we can at least try and do something to help.

A place families can come for a meal without sensory overload and enjoy family time together, family time is something that can often be lacking, this is why it is vital we get this right.

So our plans are to have a versatile diverse menu, a place when you can phone or book online the meal you would like at a time that suits and when you arrive your meal is ready, no long waiting times. A menu that you can choose from and mix and match on sectional plates, a place where you can relax in a sensory room if it’s all a little overwhelming and a place families feel accepted, no staring, no ignorant comments. No words of advice such as ‘ that child needs a damn good smack’! Yes I had that one on more than one occasion it’s just as well I’m a civilised human being and didn’t respond by giving them a damn good slap!

Our passion is Autism, we live it we embrace it and we are looking forward to extending our ‘ASD family’ and making new friendships. To be there with a knowing smile and a helping hand. We know the struggles you face and the despair you feel sometimes, we have been there. We are still there! But knowing your not alone can go along way.

Every person on the spectrum is as unique as they are amazing.

So with that in mind we are busy beavering away building ‘the dream’

Oh and we are putting our glad rags on and dolling ourselves up as The Courier Newspaper has heard our story and is running an exclusive. the Courier Believes in AuTasty and that is amazing. X

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Until all the pieces fit! Asd rocks!

It’s crazy, we have had meetings with MPs, businesses and been approached by the papers, our Facebook and Twitter are going crazy, never in a million years did we think this would be so popular, shows a clear need for change.

We intend on running consultancy to other restaurants in a vain attempt to get them to be more aware of ASD clients, how they can help change their venues to a more suitable environment. We will go into colleges and speak to chefs of the future. One things for sure, we are not alone in this mission to build an ASD friendly restaurant. People from all over the country have already approached us to build in their area.

Today we have spoken about Franchising, once our pilot restaurant is up and running we will be looking at this, we want to out AuTasty on the map, we want to see  One in every city, why shouldn’t we?

‘Until all the pieces fit’ and hopefully this will be one small piece of the puzzle fitting!

Mum, Business Woman and Full on Crazy Lady!

A bit about the crazy woman behind this idea and my lovely friends and family

Mum of 4, two boys two girls, both boys have additional needs with one being on the spectrum, Having had 3 children now 20,17 and 12  in my infinate wisdom I decided to start the whole process over again at the young age of 42! Daughter number 2 is now 9 months old!

When my eldest 3 got to an age where they did not rely on me so much i started my own business, i opened a Bridal Boutique, this enabled me to work when i wanted to and be there for my ASD son. It works well, baby now comes to work with me and can often be found hiding in the gowns or peeking under curtains.

My Partner, Steven is a driving instructor, he has a daughter with additional needs from a previous relationship. We have 2 dogs 4 cats and a menagerie of pets all rescued or unwanted. Life is full and hectic.

And then it happened…in a nano second I decided I wanted to open a restaurant, not just any restaurant, a place where ASD families could go and enjoy a meal in a sensory adapted restaurant, I had no idea if it would work or was even possible, I just knew I had to do something to relieve the stress of other parents and carers, to take away some of the pressures that I had endured on the occasions we had attempted to visit a restaurant!  and so our story begins….

I am not one to sit around, so in a day I had built a business plan, made appointments at business gateway, found a suitable restaurant and started some Market Research. I drove Steven my Partner crazy trying to explain my idea and then I roped in my Friends to help.

Lorraine… Mum of 5 (and various pets just like me) 2 of which are on the spectrum and her partner in the forces, complete loon and lovely lady

Jackie….. Mum of 2, one of which is on the spectrum, lovely lady and must be nuts to put up with me and Lorraine!

We are now registered as a Social Enterprise, Jackie and Lorraine have been working on obtaining funding through  local businesses and Go Fund Me whilst I do the Business side of it and the main planning.

We ran a survey monkey and approached people on an Autism Forum for their opinions and suggestions, we were overwhelmed with the positive responses and support that we were given, it is amazing and is driving us forward everyday.

AuTasty was born, named by a forum readers son who is on the spectrum, we thought this was a fantastic name and describes our dream perfectly.

The Newspapers heard our plans and have asked for an exclusive, we can not believe how fast this has taken off and how many parents and carers have said, ‘this is a much needed service’

We now have a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/AuTasty, We have registered as a Social Enterprise, have a clear mission statement and business plan, we are now at the stage of applying for funding through grants and fundraising through our Go Fund Me Page. http://www.gofundme.com/zqr6d5w

Please follow us to keep up to date with our plans and progress.

AuTasty may be coming to a town near you soon!

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Autism Friendly Restaurant….We have a dream! Watch this space!

After 17 years of raising a son on the spectrum and on many occasions pondering the lack of ‘Family Time’ we have been able to have due to lack of understanding of ASD in many Business sectors. I have a dream, a dream to create the UKs 1st ASD adapted restaurant!

It has never been done before, it is a fresh and challenging venture. From planning to opening day will be a challenge and I would like to share our journey with you, in the hope that other businesses will take heed and follow our example, in the hope that Many people on the spectrum, their parents and carers will know this… We are building the dream for you!