The National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society is here to transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people. We transform lives by providing support, information and practical advice for the 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, as well as their three million family members and carers. Since 1962, autistic people have turned to us at key moments or challenging times in their lives, be it getting a diagnosis, going to school or finding work. We change attitudes by improving public 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. Our support for professionals includes training courses, conferences, consultancy and an autism Accreditation programme to help professionals working with autistic people gain the knowledge they need. We also offer support for employers to help you to understand how to attract autistic employees into your workplace. Since we started the first autism-specific school in the world in 1965, we've been testing out the best ways to support autistic people of all ages. Today we run diagnostic centres, residential, supported living, community day hubs, outreach, befriending, social groups and employment support services for adults as well as specialist schools, autism centres in mainstream schools and further education support for children and young people.