Autism fact sheet

Autistic people often have higher levels of anxiety than other people, and can find change and uncertainty particularly hard to cope with. It’s therefore important that volunteers are there to listen to people who may be feeling very worried.

Autism is very wide-ranging, meaning there is no one ‘right’ way to support an autistic person. Most autistic people will be able to tell you themselves about how to support them, and these pages provide guidance on strategies that can be helpful.

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Page last reviewed: 03 November 2023