September 2017

Too Much Information

According to National Autistic Society research (YouGov research on behalf of NAS 2015):

  • 28% of people with autism have been asked to leave a public space because of behaviour associated with their autism.
  • 99.5% of people in the UK have heard of autism

But only

  • 16% of people with autism and their families think the public understand autism in a meaningful way

and

  • 50% of people with autism and their families sometimes do not go out because they are worried about how people will react to their autism.

Having autism can make someone see, hear and feel the world in a different way to other people. Sometimes everything is overwhelming. All the senses are firing all at once; there's no filter. It's like getting too much information.

NAS's Too Much Information campaign encourages the public to find out how they can change their behaviour and help open up the world to people with autism.

To read the full Too Much Information report by NAS, please visit www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/tmi/about/report.aspx

If you want to know what small actions you could take to reduce the load for people with autism click, visit www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/tmi/actions.aspx

 

Autism Hour

The National Autistic Society's Autism Hour is the UK's first week-long event, launching 2 October 2017, where shops and services take 60 minutes to provide people with autism with a break from the overload of too much information by taking simple steps for 60 minutes e.g. dimming the lights or turning down music.

Many businesses across Scotland are participating. To find out which shops and businesses near you are taking part and to plan your visit, please go to www.autism.org.uk/AutismHour


Mentoring For Adults With Autism

Person to Person is a new NAS service which aims to support adults with autism who are 26 and over who live in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde areas. The service will be funded by the Big Lottery until 2022. Volunteer mentors will support people with autism to take part in social activities or deal with complicated procedures such as banking, benefits or housing issues. To apply to be mentored or to volunteer as a mentor, email scotland.services@nas.org.uk