Examples from autistic adults of things that help make life easier:

Speaking over with someone else conversations I’ve had to help me understand what another person meant.

Survey Respondent, Female, 19-39, Added Nov 2018

 

Teaching people around me” say exactly what you mean or expect”

Survey Respondent, Female, 19-39, Added Nov 2018

 

I ask people to repeat when necessary.

When two or more people speak simultaneously I get them to speak separately.

I wear headphones when ambient noise gets too much.

I go for a walk outside when my head buzzes too much.

Sometimes I let off steam in the form of bad language.

I use (my own brand of) humour to put stress-inducing issues in context.

I’m open about my Autism so that people understand why I am the way I am.

I have learned to work with people about my literal/black-and-white interpretation and outlook, though I do sometimes still forget myself.

Survey Respondent, Male, 60+, Added Nov 2018

 

Being allowed to wear noise-cancelling headphones! So I can focus despite the air conditioning unit and rowdy students. And to prevent sensory meltdowns at school.

Tweet from @atypicalhazel

 

Home working, home working and home working… It would have kept me in a number of jobs that I lost from social burnout and politics.

Tweet from @cath_leggett

 

…being able to leave 5 mins before the end of class so I could make my other one on time.

Tweet from @half_british

 

The degree course I did at Liverpool Uni was designed for mature students (& EU funded!), what helped was two things 1) A induction to uni life for mature students & 2) having some course lecturers who were former mature students (one I think had a hidden disability).

Tweet from @ChiDeltaWithNOR

 

…in my current job I have v flexible start/finish times (& dont need to ask for it), noise cancelling headphones, very often my manager will literally translate neurotypical code for me, people generally dont use my desk (& space is an issue in our office), I got a proper chair from ATW (who also covered the headphones & £2k worth of autism work coaching which has been invaluable), we have disability leave as a policy (meaning I dont have to make up time for appointments taken during work hours etc), & the biggest thing recently is they’ve found a space for me to use for calming down/desaturation & bought me a yoga mat so I’m not lying on the bathroom floor (which is what I was doing before). & I do it at some point most days & it’s just accepted as a thing I have to do in order to work.

Tweet from @twoshadesofhope

 

Being able to work from (or very near) home is invaluable now, and would have been in the past too, because when I start feeling overwhelmed or close to meltdown I’m not pushed over the edge by the idea of how far away (and by public transport too) my safe quiet place is. In jobs where that’s not or not often possible, flexible working hours are (and would have been) useful, because then I don’t have to face rush hour traffic, which is a sure fire way of making me feel like I’m dying before I even get to work, lol.

Tweet from @common_lime

 

Silent rooms. They are the epitome of pure bliss.

Tweet from @clara_mdb