Find out what The National Autistic Society does to support autistic people and their families across the UK, and how we're working to change society for the better for those on the autism spectrum.
Our pioneering schools and adult services
Since we started the first autism-specific school in the world in 1965, we've been testing out the best ways to support autistic people of all ages. Today we run residential, supported living, community day hubs, outreach, befriending, social groups and employment support services for adults as well as specialist schools, autism centres in mainstream schools and further education support for children and young people.
Information and advice for autistic people, friends and families
We are determined to share the knowledge we've gained over the last 50 years, so more people are able to make informed decisions about their lives. Find out about our helplines, our local, volunteer-run branches, our membership programme, our training for family members, our parent to parent service for autistic adults, and our online community, which can help you get the information and advice you need.
Support for professionals
Our support for professionals includes training courses, conferences, consultancy and an Autism Accreditation programme to help professionals working with autistic people gain the knowledge they need. We also offer support for employers to help you to understand how to attract autistic employees into your workplace.
Our social change work
Our award-winning social change work helps politicians, businesses and the general public to understand autism better. Our policy campaigns help to make sure that new Government policies show a real understanding of autism. Our Access Award helps businesses and services of all sizes to become welcoming to autistic people. And we are soon to launch a new initiative to educate millions of the public about autism, based on the real experiences of thousands of autistic people and their families and friends.
We can only do what we do because of the support of thousands of people who give their time and money to help autistic people get more support, understanding and appreciation. Can you help? Sign up to donate, volunteer, become a member or campaign today.
Lucy and Chris talk about the support they received from us.