Autism spectrum

Symptoms of an autism spectrum disorder (e.g. Asperger’s syndrome, autism) do not prevent blood donation.

Those with an autism spectrum disorder may have particular difficulties completing forms and attending an interview. If a person is entitled to the interpretation services provided by Kela and they have difficulties with different actions, such as completing forms, it is recommended they have an interpreter with them when they come to donate blood. The use of an official interpreter is therefore permitted on the same grounds as those that apply to individuals with a sensory impairment. A relative, loved one or a friend cannot act as an interpreter.

Would you like more information? Please call the free information number for blood donors on 0800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).