In September, we celebrated another huge campaign win! Parliament held a debate on autism diagnosis waiting times and Health Minister, Jackie Doyle-Price MP, announced that autism diagnosis waiting times in England would be recorded from April 2018.

This is the first time that a minister has committed to this and it is a big success for Autism Diagnosis Crisis - our campaign to help reduce diagnosis waiting times.

We also held All Aboard for Autism 2017 which was a lovely event with plenty of familiar faces – including the Fat Controller! Over £22k was raised and 500 people attended, with the top fundraising team raising £1500! Next year will be All Aboard’s 5th birthday and we hope it’s even bigger and better! Sign-ups for early registrations are open.

As one happy parent said: "The atmosphere was so lovely, the volunteers so full of enthusiasm and so helpful. You were never far from someone who 'got it' and it was quite emotional to feel part of a team. We fitted right in, rather than being stared at. If felt like a very inclusive day."

We launched our report Transforming Care: our stories, produced with Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, calling for urgent improvements to be made to the implementation of NHS England’s Transforming Care programme, after families’ experiences exposed serious failings. The report has developed six key overarching recommendations to improve inpatient care and help get people out of inpatient units and into the community.

And finally, in September, the National Autistic Society’s new Anderson School in Essex welcomed their first students through the door.

 Find out what happened in October