Want to know how you can help someone with a learning disability or autism in the community? Here are some tips, produced by people we support, as part of the Am I Your Problem? campaign.

1. Don’t stare

Many people with a learning disability or autism get stared at all the time, and it can make them feel uncomfortable and unwelcome.

 2. Treat people like adults

A lot of people get spoken to like they are children, even when they are well into their adult years.

3. Treat people like human beings

Talk to people with respect and kindness, not hostility or suspicion.

4. Be patient

Some people with a learning disability or autism might take longer to communicate what they want, and it can be stressful when someone is showing signs of losing their patience.

5. Provide opportunities

Many people with a learning disability or autism struggle to find work, so if you’re in a position to give career opportunities, do so. There are plenty of reasons why people with disabilities can make great employees. We also work with employers to help support people with disabilities into work. 

6. Question your own behaviour

A lot of people have reported that even health professionals can be guilty of doing some of the things we’ve just described. Even if you work with people with learning disabilities or autism, you should still question if your behaviour is making someone feel uncomfortable.

Find out more about the Am I Your Problem? campaign