Planning a family day out can be difficult, especially if your child has special needs, learning difficulties or autism.
But this does not mean you should feel isolated or uncomfortable about venturing out. There are plenty of events and activities all over Liverpool and Merseyside which are autism-friendly not just on World Autism Awareness day, but throughout the year.
We've teamed up with mum Julie Simpson who works for charity Autism Together and has her own company Autism Adventures offering families living with autism, leisure and play opportunities in an autism-friendly setting.
She told Nearly There Yet? Liverpool that for most days you can find an autism-friendly activity to do in and around the city.
She said: "I work with Autism Together based in Wirral and we want to make Liverpool the first autism-friendly city in the UK.
"We've signed up a lot of businesses in city for training to become autism-friendly. If you sign up to the Autism Together charter it will benefit your business, because there are 3,500 children alone in Liverpool with a diagnosis.
"So that's 3,500 mums who are choosing to use Amazon to shop and use a takeaway instead of going to a restaurant. We do bring business and we do want to live within society so it's about businesses engaging with us to provide that."
Julie has helped us compile a list of places that are signed up to Autism Together's charter and undergone training or run autism-friendly sessions, activities or evenings.
She added: "Some of them may not be suitable for all children with autism because it will depend where they are on the spectrum - but hopefully it will give parents who may feel there's nothing out there for them a few ideas to try."