The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for autism. We are here to transform lives, change attitudes and create society that works for autistic people.

Autism is a lifelong disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. There are approximately 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, that’s more than 1 in 100. Without the right support or understanding, autistic people can miss out on an education, struggle to find work and become extremely isolated.

We transform lives by providing support, information and practical advice for autistic adults and children in the UK, as well as their three million family members and carers.

We change attitudes by improving understanding of autism and the difficulties many autistic people face. We also work closely with businesses, local authorities and government to help them provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws.

Autism Helpline

The National Autistic Society’s vision is a society that works for autistic people. The Autism Helpline is a vital facility and often the first point of contact for autistic people, their families and carers facing isolation or in need of support and guidance. Enquiries range in their complexity and can include sensitive issues such as concerns over diagnosis, respite services, support from social services, mental health, education, homelessness, bullying and employment. The National Autistic Society’s Helpline team consist of specialist advisers who can offer support and guidance with many of these challenges faced, as well as all ages and diagnoses within the autism spectrum. The National Autistic Society’s aim is to ensure that people are aware of and given correct information in these areas so they have greater ability to make informed decisions. We want people to feel listened to, understood and empowered to act on the information they receive. Your support will help us run vital services like the Autism Helpline and transform lives.

Work within the community

The National Autistic Society has centres that provides bespoke services to meet specific needs of each person they work with. These services are designed to encourage adults to learn new skills and become as independent as possible and they are comfortable with. They’re open 7 days a week and open at times that maximise the opportunity for adults to attend.

Many services are available at centres, including:

  • Modular learning programme - this is an outcome-led service in which a personalised outcome plan is developed and used alongside support

  • Plans that are suited to an individual working towards their personal outcomes.

  • Supper Club - where individuals are supported to make a light meal and sit together in a friendly, sociable environment

  • Weekend day experiences

  • One-to-one support sessions

The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people. Many vital services only exist thanks to our generous supporters, fundraisers and volunteers. .

How donations help

£5 per month will help a worried parent get advice and information from a Helpline Advisor after a child’s diagnosis

£10 per month could help a parent receive life-changing support from services like the Parent to Parent line.

£20 per month will help the charity campaign across the UK to make sure that more people understand autism. A shift in the public’s understanding will go a long way to helping autistic people feel more comfortable and lead the lives they choose.

Other ways to get involved

If you’re in a company or business, you can choose the National Autistic Society as your Charity of the Year or show your community that your business is a welcoming place for autistic people and their families by working towards the Autism Friendly Award. Through the award you can make your business or venue more accessible to autistic people and their families. There are many small changes you can make that make a big difference to autistic people – from customer information to staff awareness. Find out more here.


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