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On public transport

I’ll make sure my music can only be heard by me

When a route or platform changes unexpectedly and someone looks anxious, I’ll ask them if they need help

When giving directions, I’ll use clear language and allow processing time

At work

I’ll send round agendas in advance of meetings to help colleagues know what to expect

I’ll make instructions clear and specific, and offer to give them in writing

When a colleague seems stressed or anxious, I’ll give them time and space

Out with friends

When meeting up, I’ll make the plan clear and make sure I keep to it

If I see someone having a meltdown, I’ll ask others to move on, stop staring, and give that person space

I’ll make sure there’s somewhere quiet to escape to during busy social occasions

At the shops

In the checkout queue if someone looks distressed, I’ll ask them if they’d like to go in front of me

When I see someone in distress or having a meltdown, I’ll ask others to stop staring, move on and give that person space

When someone is taking a bit longer than expected at the till, I’ll be patient and encourage others in the queue to do the same

With my children at home

I’ll invite my child’s autistic classmate to their birthday party (and ask their parents what activities they’d enjoy)

I’ll speak clearly and precisely using short sentences

I’ll share my knowledge of autism with my friends and children

With other autistic people

I’ll share my experiences to help others understand

I’ll start a conversation with someone about their interests

I’ll listen to others’ challenges and advise where I can

Autism Helpline Number: 0808 800 4104
Last updated: 28/03/2018 12:17:54