We started our outreach service in 1999 to meet the day-to-day needs of adults and young people with a diagnosis of autism and Asperger syndrome who live in the Northamptonshire area. Our service provides support that is tailored to people's individual requirements and helps them to live as independently as possible.

We provide outreach services to help people build their confidence and develop independence in all aspects of their life. Every package is unique, person-centred and focused on the needs, wishes and aspirations of each person.

I get 100 per cent support from staff. They are all brilliant.
Adult with autism

Our support can be long-term or short-term depending on each person's needs and may be offered to people in:

  • supported living accommodation
  • a sheltered housing scheme
  • the family home
  • the community
  • a university, college or other educational setting.


Individual support packages include:

  • autism-specific, person-centred approaches (TEACCH, PECs, etc)
  • support with goal-setting    
  • support with general issues relating to autism or Asperger syndrome
  • strategies to keep safe
  • support to maintain relationships with family and friends
  • opportunities to go out and about in the community.


Our staff have the skills and knowledge to deliver the right support to each person with autism and help them fulfil their needs and wishes. All our staff receive autism-specific training, which they build upon throughout their career. They take a person-centred approach, putting the person with autism at the core of their work.

The NAS provides an excellent service and is really understanding of my son's needs.
Parent of a person with autism

We tailor individual packages in order to develop each person's independence and build their confidence. Our support programmes can include:

  • support in non-autism specific accommodation where there is an alternative main provider
  • support to participate in the local community; for example, by going shopping, attending college or university, accessing health care and leisure facilities and using public transport
  • support with independent living and household management skills; for example, planning and budgeting
  • development of social skills, using our specialist resource pack, 'Socialeyes'
  • support with the transition from home to independent living
  • support with finding and maintaining employment.

Thanks goodness for the NAS. They have given my daughter and us a life, now that our daughter's behaviours have improved. Thank you.
Parent of a person with autism