About UK Autistic

At UK Autistic we are dedicated to making changes to the lives of autistic people, their families and carers in any way we can. We are an organisation run solely by those with a close personal connection to autism spectrum disorder and it’s effects. We are mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters of autistic people. And we are autistic people.

Much of the work done on a day to day basis here at UK Autistic is carried out by those of us on the autistic spectrum. In fact, our magazine My Autism is written by autistic people for other autistic people and anyone else who is interested and wants to learn what life feels like for somebody who is neuro diverse. We are of the belief that with understanding comes tolerance, acceptance and improved opportunities through better integration into society for autistic people.

Autism makes autistic people who they are, it’s a dominant part of the personality, and something that is there to stay. So it’s time to embrace it, utilise the unique talents and skill sets that many autistic people possess naturally and make life more comfortable and manageable for those who are not so fortunate.

We believe strongly in the human rights of autistic people, and are committed to fighting for what we believe is right. For example we are strongly opposed to the use of prone restraint techniques, and we have a petition that we would love you to sign, which will be delivered to Downing Street when it has 10,000 signatures. So please share it on Facebook and Twitter, email it to your friends and family and help us reach the target as soon as possible.

There are more than 700,000 people with autism in the UK, and that’s just the cases that are diagnosed. Diagnosis is another issue, with it being irregular from local area to local area and waiting times are far too long.

There is something that we can all do about it, and the resources are here on our site, for you to play your own part in helping to shape the decisions made locally by Transforming Care Partnerships (TCPs) about people with autism, other related conditions and/or have a learning disability and complex needs. Our guide will help you to understand what it’s all about and show you how to find out what your own local area is doing to transform care for those on the autistic spectrum and/or a learning disability in addition to displaying challenging behaviour. It also outlines how to check that the right people are making the right decisions for your local TCP. We are of the opinion that locally made decisions should involve people with experience of needing support and their families and care givers, be it for autism or any mental health problems or challenging behaviour issues.

The final and perhaps most important thing you can do TODAY is to join UK Autistic as a supporter.
It’s easy to do and free. Just click the button below to be taken to our registration page, it only takes a minute to join and will give you access to lots of free resources and materials, and our brand new Autism Forum, where you can become involved with your local autism community and even become a community leader.

There are lots of other ways to get involved though, from playing our Autism Raffle online, to becoming an agent for the paper version of the raffle in your local area. You may decide to hold a fundraising event or to represent us in the London Marathon. Our services and opportunities are always being updated, please like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and join us here.

UK Autistic is a Social Enterprise, an organisation with the community at it’s heart. We believe our model is the future of the charity and non profit sector. 

Our Vision, Values and Goals

Everything we do is guided by our vision, values and the goals which have been developed alongside autistic people and family members and carers.

We want:

  • A more tolerant, understanding society that works for autistic people.
  • To improve the quality of life 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.
  • To change attitudes by improving public understanding of autism and encouraging businesses, and policy makers, government at both local and national levels to provide more autism-friendly services, raise the standards of what they do already and improve laws relating to autism and other related conditions.

How we achieve this:

  • We learn from real experience. We endeavour to work alongside together with autistic people. Because of our experience we have a very good practical knowledge of autism. That being said, we are always learning and pay close attention to new studies.
  • We talk straight. We pass on the things that we learn along the way, in order that people can make informed decisions about the best ways to deal with the situations that arise, and have the best chance of a fulfilled and happy life, living with autism.
  • We inspire. We celebrate successes and progress, encourage and lead by example. We help people to make their own choices.
  • We are bold and brave. We don’t tolerate inequality or ignorance, and strive always for new ways to make the world a better, more understanding, tolerant place for autistic people. We want a society that accepts autism and makes the most out of the unique talents that autistic people possess and recognise them for the assets that they are.