Even before this crisis, autistic people were four times more likely to be lonely than the general public. For some, their social groups or care workers were their only source of company. For others, the structures that they depended on to look after themselves have been removed. We’ve been inundated with stories of autistic people struggling to cope.

"I have just moved out of an inpatient setting and had set up a good routine for myself but now my routines are all disrupted, and I don’t know what I am doing. I feel lost. My family are unable to visit and all my hospital appointments have been moved to teleconferences, I hate teleconferences. This morning I woke up thinking I was fine, but I’ve sat and cried for the last two hours not knowing what to do for the best."
Amy, North East

Now people like Connor and Amy need your help. 

Together, we can make sure that our autistic neighbours, friends and family members feel supported and know where to find much needed advice. 

We’re hoping you’ll support us today so services like our Helpline, Education Rights Service, our online social groups and many others can continue to be there now and into the future.

"This is a worrying time for many autistic people and their families, and we are still here on the Helpline to answer your questions and signpost you to the appropriate information. We have a small team and we’re sorry that it’s taking longer than we’d like but we’re doing everything we can to answer as many of you as quickly as possible."
Kiran, National Autistic Society Head of Helplines

But we need your help. Like many other organisations, we’re feeling the impact of coronavirus and could be facing some incredibly tough decisions about the services we can provide. We need you now more than ever to ensure we can continue to be there for autistic people and their families. 

Please donate today and together we will get through this.