Autism is a lifelong condition which affects how people communicate and interact with the world.
There are approximately 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.
1 in 100 people are autistic which means you probably know someone autistic in your life.
AUTISTIC TRAITS
•Needing more time to process questions, requests and instructions
•May struggle meeting new people
•May struggle to pick up on unwritten rules
•May find working environments overwhelming
•May struggle with small talk and building relationships
•Feel anxious about changes or unexpected events
•Be over or under sensitive to sound, smell, light, taste and touch(this
is called sensory sensitivity)
AUTISTIC STRENGTHS
•Intense focus
•Attention to detail
•Considered and reflective approach
•Honest and integrity
•Creative thinking
CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC EFFECT
•Tough on autistic people and their families
•Services have been closed and many have felt stranded
•The ever changing guidelines and restrictions can be confusing to
understand and extremely difficult to implement for autistic people
with high support needs
•9 out of 10 autistic people stated they worried about their mental
health during the pandemic
•85% said their anxiety levels worsened
HOW TO HELP AUTISTIC COLLEAGUES
•Give clear instructions and put important points in writing for
clarification
•Don’t rely on body language or facial expressions to communication
•Give anxious or agitated colleagues space and time to recover
•Offer to be a buddy for workplace social events
FOR FURTHER KNOWLEDGE ON AUTISM
Documentaries
•Best Kept Secret
•Life, Animated
•Sounding the Alarm
Books
•M is for Autism
•Odd Girl Out
•M in the Middle