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The Autism Friendly Initiative at Boston Medical Center aims to improve the hospital experience for patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Patients with ASD have various sensory and communication needs, which can make the fast-paced and often over-stimulating hospital environment particularly challenging. To address the needs of patients with ASD, we strive to make the hospital environment more autism friendly, educate clinicians and staff, and provide resources to patients. We believe these efforts will lead to better hospital experiences, and ideally, better outcomes, for patients with ASD.