Research suggests autistic people are among most lonely and isolated in UK

The National Autistic Society are calling on the Government to ensure their upcoming loneliness strategy addresses the root causes of loneliness for autistic people. They compared the results of a new survey of almost 900 autistic people with the Government’s own data, and suggest that the research findings indicate that autistic people are four times as likely to be lonely as the general public. Mark Lever, the National Autistic Society Chief Executive, said:

Our research suggests that autistic people are some of the most isolated and lonely in the UK. This can be devastating and lead to serious physical and mental health problems. At the National Autistic Society, we won’t accept a world where autistic people feel they have to shut themselves away. The Government can’t tackle loneliness unless it reduces the shocking levels of social isolation amongst autistic people – and addresses the root causes.

Date added: 1 May 2018