Charity information


Autistica funds medical research to understand the causes of autism, improve diagnosis and develop new treatments and early interventions to give people with autism the very best chance in life. We are the UK's leading autism medical research charity - committed to funding groundbreaking research that will transform lives.

Founded 2004

  • Mission statement

    We work closely with the autism community to address those issues that cause the greatest concern to those living with autism day by day. We also work with many of the UK’s finest clinical research establishments to ensure that our investment in research is targeted to deliver the best outcomes. Our aim is to move the research from bench to bedside so that new discoveries can translate as quickly as possible into a better experience for all those affected by the condition.

    Our current scientific priorities are to:
    -Bring down the average age of diagnosis and develop early interventions that can improve the outlook for individuals with autism.
    -Improve the quality of life for young people and adults with autism by understanding the additional physical and mental health issues that many individuals experience and ensure the development of effective treatments.
    -Support adults with autism through improving our understanding of how autism changes over the lifespan and making sure that adult specific needs are addressed.

    Our Vision is for a world of advanced scientific understanding of autism where evidence-based interventions and treatments are readily available, diagnosis

  • Aims

    Autistica aims to:

    • To be the bridge between people with autism and researchers: providing a voice and ensuring that the urgency is recognised and research is relevant to the needs of families.
    • To ensure that autism research becomes important to the general public and policy-makers.
    • To become the key, accurate source of information for anyone interested in the science of autism and all autism research: providing understanding, hope and a vision for a better future.
    • To fund and stimulate innovative translatable research that will lead to better understanding of the causes of autism, improved diagnosis and the development of effective treatments.
  • Overview

    Established: December 2004

    Registered Charity Number: 1107350

    Board members: 10

    Full time staff: 6

    Part time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 5

    Phone number: 05601 183 606

    Address: Autistica 100a Chalk Farm Road London NW1 8EH

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