Our vision is a society that works for autistic people and while the world is becoming more and more autism friendly, there is still so much to do. Here are some of our most important achievements - none of which could be possible without the help and backing from all our amazing supporters.

We have over 23,000 members, making us the UK's largest charity for autistic people and their families. 

Our contact centre and helplines reply to over 70,000 enquiries a year.   

In 1965, we set up the world's first autism-specific school. 

We currently have eight specialist schools and are opening a new one in 2019.  

In 1997, we set up the UK's first helpline for autistic people and their families. 

Our free Education Rights Service has helped over 37,000 families since it began in 2000.

We run the UK's largest online community for autistic people and their families. 

4.7 million people visited our website in 2017. 

In 1991, we set up our first diagnosis service and now have two that diagnose over 190 people a year. 

In 1997, we set up our EarlyBird training programme for parents of autistic children.  

We have 116 volunteer-led local branches across the UK. 

75% of the UK population live within 20 miles of a National Autistic Society branch. 

We have over 70 social care services for autistic adults across the UK. 

We train over 11,000 healthcare and education professionals a year. 

We run over 40 conferences, seminars and training programmes a year. 

Our Too Much Information autism awareness campaign has reached over 60 million people in the UK and around the world.  

52 organisations have been awarded our Autism Friendly Award, including Buckingham Palace and Gatwick Airport. 

We advise and support on autism-friendly shows such as the Lion King, Matilda and Aladdin. 

Over 10,000 businesses and shops take part in our annual Autism Hour. 

In 2016, we helped persuade the Government to make it clear that trainee teachers should learn about the needs of autistic children and young people. 

In 2009, we successfully campaigned for the Government to introduce an Autism Act in England, guaranteeing the rights of autistic adults.

Following successes in Scotland and Northern Ireland in 2018, we are campaigning for the introduction of an Autism Act in Wales.