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Our campaign Not Enough demands better support and services for autistic people in England. Ten years on from the Autism Act and Government has not done enough to live up to its promises to autistic people and their families. Two in three autistic adults don’t get the support they need and can end up becoming isolated, developing mental health problems and falling into crisis. We need specialist autism support in every council in England as well as the funding that councils urgently need to fix the crisis in social care. In the last 10 years, the National Autistic Society has worked hard to create a society that works for autistic people. To keep you updated on our charity’s work to transform lives and change attitudes, we have created a timeline below:

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2009

We led a campaign to create the Autism Act in England. This guaranteed the rights of autistic adults in England. It is the England’s only law aimed at improving support for people with one particular disability.

2010

We opened new housing support schemes in Glasgow, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Surrey, Kent and Somerset.

We launched our campaign You Need to Know to challenge the Government to create better Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for young autistic people.

2011

The Scottish Government published its own national autism strategy and Northern Ireland introduce an Autism Act. This comes following our campaigning across the UK.

2012

We celebrated the National Autistic Society’s 50th Birthday.

2013

We launched our Push for Action campaign ahead of the first review of the adult autism strategy in England.

We opened Thames Valley School, which now supports 54 autistic students.

We also launched the Autism Professional Awards to celebrate achievements and share best practice all over the UK.

2014

We led the successful Careless campaign to make sure autistic adults could continue to be eligible for social care.

We also held the first autism-friendly performance of the Lion King, sparking relaxed performances in many theatres and cinemas across the UK which continue today.

2015

We launched our Autism diagnosis crisis campaign, highlighting unacceptable diagnosis waiting times for both children and adults in England, achieving commitments from Government and the NHS to make improvements.

We opened our first two Cullum Centres, specialist autism units in mainstream schools to provide support for autistic children.

We also held our first ever World Autism Awareness Week, educating the public about autism.

2016

We launched our Too Much Information campaign to improve public understanding of autism. Our first video was watched by more than 56 million people.

Our Every Teacher campaign also helped persuade the Government to educate trainee teachers about autism and how to support autistic pupils as part of its training curriculum.

We also launched the Autism Friendly Award, encouraging businesses to be truly autism-friendly in their work. Hundreds now hold the Award including Buckingham Palace, Lloyds Bank and British Airways.

2017

We launched Autism Hour, encouraging businesses all over the country to take their first autism-friendly steps. To date, 40,000 Autism Hours have taken place across the UK.

We launched our research into the experiences of autistic people in inpatient mental health hospitals, and their families.

We opened our 116th volunteer branch, which provides support in local communities all over the UK. 75% of the population currently live less than 20 miles away from a National Autistic Society branch.

2018

We campaigned for changes to Blue Badges, meaning that autistic people are more likely to qualify for them, changes which came into force in August 2019.

We launched online training about autism in women and girls, to help improve understanding among professionals and the public.

2019

Autism was included as a priority in NHS England’s Long-Term Plan. This means that NHS England have to plan how to provide better healthcare for autistic people.

We gave a petition to the Prime Minister to stop the mistreatment of autistic people in inpatient mental health care. It received over 230,000 signatures – our biggest ever.

We launch our Not Enough campaign to demand better support and services for autistic people. With your support, we can make this happen. Find out how you can support our campaign here.