Autism fact sheet

Be patient

Some autistic people may need a bit more time to understand new information – but as volunteers you are most likely to just be chatting and providing some human contact.

There are no specialist skills that you need – your compassion and your kind donation of time is enough to make a huge difference to someone’s day. If you are sharing information, make sure you are not providing too much information in one go, as this can be overwhelming and difficult for autistic people to process. Say what you mean in clear, everyday language.

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Page last reviewed: 19 October 2023