Recently my work has brought more awareness to me on the issues with isolation, particularly among autistic people.

Class leader should be actively looking out for exclusions. Academic performance is only a part of university life. If a student struggles to find support in class, chances are he or she may start losing motivations for university.

When you see someone who is not included in a group, whether it is at school or work, try and speak to them.

I cannot tell you how many times I have been in situations when nobody reaches out to the one(s) who appear to be the outsiders. Perhaps they are more shy. Perhaps the group already know each other well. Perhaps it’s both of the reasons or neither of them. If you have been in this situation and are unlucky enough to be the outsider, you know that feeling is not pleasant and you ask yourself why you bother to come in the first place.

If you are unsure of what to say to them, ask a question.

I notice that people love keeping their own group of friends and it makes perfect sense cause we all love our comfort zones. Having new people in is difficult when you already got that group of people that you are most familiar with. But imagine yourself as that new person, you would want to be included and you would love a sense of belonging.

Sometimes all it takes is for one person to be that kind soul to step out of their comfort zone and welcome them.



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