This Anti-Bullying Week, we’re stepping up our campaign to highlight how many people living with autism have had to endure bullying and hate crime. 63% of young people with autism told us that they have been bullied at school, while 65% of respondents to a recent NAS hate crime survey said they had experienced hate crime more than 10 times.
These findings reveal that an alarming number of people living with autism in the UK have been subjected to the worst kind of behaviour and that as a society we are failing some of those who need the most compassion and support. Bullying anyone, particularly those who are vulnerable is unacceptable and has no place in modern Britain. I hope that we can all work together to make it stop.
Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society