More than 700,000 people in the UK are autistic and, together with their families, this means autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people.
The National Autistic Society is the largest autism charity in the UK. It is a national charity with a local presence, helping to support thousands of autistic people and their families. The charity funds specialised educational-needs schools and adult services, campaigns for improved rights and training for companies on being more autism-friendly, helping autistic people live the lives they choose.
The charity launched its Vision to Reality strategy in 2023, which focuses resources and funding on three key areas: to support all autistic individuals to live their life on their own terms; to influence and collaborate with others to improve standards and adjustments; and to transform society by building understanding, acceptance and respect for all autistic people.
Your donation can make a positive difference to an autistic person through crucial advice and support programmes. Here’s what your money could do:
- £5 could help bring a sense of belonging to an autistic person, by ensuring the online community is there when they need it
- £10 could help an autistic person overcome isolation, thanks to the charity’s social groups and volunteer-led branches across the UK
- £15 could provide a safe virtual space for an autistic person through the charity’s online community
- £20 could help bring independence to an autistic person, thanks to the charity’s Finding Employment module
- £100 could help autistic young people thrive in school by funding the charity’s campaigning work for better autism training in education
- £500 could help ensure crucial diagnosis advice and guidance is available for the 150,000 people waiting for an autism assessment
- £1,000 could help an autistic person find meaningful work, and keep it, through the charity’s employment support programmes