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Circle of Friends is a group for advocates of autistic people who want to make a significant contribution. The group is driven by one vision – to create a world where all autistic people get to lead the lives they choose. Autistic people often struggle to make sense of the world. They can find everyday life confusing, frightening or difficult to cope with. But with understanding and support, autistic people can achieve great things. That’s where Circle of Friends comes in.

How your donation helps

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When you join Circle of Friends, you’ll be helping us reach autistic people and their families who need our support. The Circle helps us maintain and deliver vital services, expert advice and information to families and individuals. Your donation will also support collaboration between professionals and influence local and national policy.

Members have the opportunity to meet at a number of our charity’s functions throughout the year. Entry level membership to Circle of Friends is £1,000 a year. These gifts play a crucial part in our ability to plan for the future with confidence.

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Members of the Circle of Friends make sure we can sustain our voluntary-funded services such as our Autism Helpline and social groups, which are accessed by thousands of autistic people and their families every month.

Our members are united in determination to change the story for autistic people. By joining us, you can help make it happen. You’ll also become a a privileged partner in our charity's work. Your generosity will support our shared vision for a better world for autistic people.

Benefits of joining

In return for your generosity, as a member of our Circle of Friends you’ll have access to individually tailored benefits including:

  • access to our senior leadership team
  • invitations to exclusive events
  • tours of our latest projects and schools to see how your gift is making a difference
  • regular updates on your impact
  • core membership of The National Autistic Society
  • a dedicated contact in our Senior Relationships Team.

For more information, please contact the Senior Relationships Team on 020 7923 577 or 020 7923 5798, or email You can also download our Circle of Friends brochure.

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