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For Seniors

For many Autistic seniors, life in their later years can be enriched by the understanding, empathy and actions of the family, friends and professionals who support them. If you are part of an older Autistic person’s life, here are some tips on how you can enable their independence, and boost their autonomy and quality of life.

Allow the person to openly share their unique journey of late diagnosis, including the challenges and insights, to provide a firsthand perspective on living on the autism spectrum in later years.

Listen to their experiences and tell others about autism, emphasising that autism is not exclusive to childhood and that awareness is crucial at every stage of life.

Encourage involvement in community support groups tailored for seniors on the autism spectrum, highlighting the significance of mutual understanding and shared experiences.

Take the initiative to educate yourself about autism, its characteristics and the diversity within the autism spectrum.

Approach the person with respect and acceptance, recognising that everyone is unique, and autism presents differently in each individual.

Extend friendship and social inclusion. Invite the individual to gatherings and events, ensuring they feel welcomed and valued.

Sometimes having been undiagnosed throughout most of their life and the aspects of late diagnosis can present challenges for individuals. Consider mental health implications and check in with your friend or family member as to how they are feeling.

As a medical or health professional, collaborate with your patients and ask them about their experiences. Help them to navigate the healthcare system after a late diagnosis to contribute to improved support.

Foster discussions about the impact of late diagnosis on relationships, offering strategies to enhance understanding among family, friends and the broader community. Provide insights into experiences and possible supports to strengthen mutual understanding and support.

Aspect raises funds to support autistic individuals. By holding a morning tea, you are providing a safe space for autistic people to share their story and for others to learn more about autism within your community while raising funds at the same time.

Put on those walking shoes, and support a person on the autism spectrum by committing to walk 70,000 steps during the month of May. Register here.


Fact Sheets

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Being diagnosed on the autism spectrum as an adult

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What is autism?

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Supporting Autistic people who may want to disclose guide for non Autistic people

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Enriching the lives of Autistic seniors

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How to be autism friendly

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Being an Autistic parent



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