For Those With Autism, Neurodiversity, and Cognitive Disorders

Do

  • Keep services and meetings as short as possible.

  • Create a relaxed environment where people can make noise and move around if needed.

  • Reduce any intense sensory triggers e.g. fluorescent lights, strong smells, loud noises.

  • Create a quiet space for people who might get overwhelmed.

  • Make it clear when people should sit and stand etc - don’t expect everyone to know automatically.

  • Use plain, not childish language with people with learning difficulties.

Don’t

  • Rely too much on words and text - use images as well.

  • Force anyone to handshake, hug, or touch.

  • Be offended if people don’t make eye contact.

  • Don’t hurry a speech-impaired person, be relaxed and positive.

  • Don’t finish people’s sentences