Autism and Homelessness – Increasing autism awareness and improving access and engagement in homelessness services

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Research conducted by Dr Beth Stone at the University of Bristol examined the factors which increase risk of homelessness for autistic people, autistic people’s experiences of homelessness, and barriers to service engagement.

The research found that autistic people are at increased risk of homelessness due to the social and economic disadvantages they face throughout their lives such as low educational attainment, difficulties finding and maintaining employment, and social exclusion.

Watch this film (opens new window) based on the lived experience of the research participants.

Feedback from discussion groups at the awareness event has helped to shape their proposal, which we will discuss with autistic people with lived experience of homelessness. They will then use the proposal to advocate for wider changes to policy and support services.