Autistic young people often feel like they are being shut out of society. Many are living lonely lives, isolated from their peers and marginalised. They struggle to feel accepted for who they are in their daily lives.
According to research by the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission, 81% of autistic adults say they feel lonely at least some of the time due to anxiety relating to their autism, while over 80% of young people with autism believe they spend less time socialising than their peers.
This needs to change. Difference shouldn’t be an obstacle. Whether it’s in school, in the workplace, at youth groups or out and about in their communities – autistic young people should be celebrated for who they are.
During World Autism Awareness Month 2019 Ambitious about Autism’s Youth Patrons are calling for access for all. Each week we will be sharing their advice on small changes everybody can make that will make autistic young people feel much more accepted and included in all aspects of everyday life.
Include Autism everywhere
From what to do if someone is having a meltdown, to understanding communication differences – our Youth Patrons give their advice on how to include autism everywhere. Read our blog It's time to include autism everywhere to find out more about why these small adjustments in behaviour and attitude can make a huge difference to young people with autism.
You can download the 'Include Autism Everywhere' top-tips poster to print a copy or share with your networks.
Include Autism in the workplace
Only 16% of autistic adults are in full time employment – yet often it only takes simple, cost-free adjustments to help autistic people thrive in the workplace. Read our top tips and check out our blog 'Navigating the different rules of the workplace' to find out more. If you’re an employer or young person looking for specialist support, check out our Autism Exchange programme.
You can download the 'Include Autism in the workplace' top-tips poster to print a copy or share with your networks.
Include Autism in youth groups
Over 80% of young people with autism believe they spend less time socialising than their peers – so our youth patrons have taken direct action to tackle this! Our brand new Include Autism toolkit has been developed by our youth patrons to help more autistic young people access youth groups and after school activities. The toolkit offers advice and support to youth group leaders, young people and parents.
You can download the 'Include Autism in youth groups' top-tips poster to print a copy or share with your networks.
Include Autism in education
Many autistic young people face problems at school – and many are missing out on hours of education each week due to problems with bullying, anxiety and a lack of understanding of their needs. Our Youth Patrons’ top tips highlight simple changes that can be made in learning environments to make them more accessible and inclusive for all.
You can also download the 'Include Autism in education' top-tips poster to print a copy or share with your networks.