The National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society

Charity information

The National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families.

Founded 1962

  • Mission statement

    The National Autistic Society (NAS) is the UK’s leading charity for individuals affected by autism. We were founded in 1962 by a group of parents who were passionate about ensuring a better life for their children.

    Our vision is to change the world for people with autism so that they, and their families, have the support they need to ensure that their rights are upheld and that they have the same opportunities as others in society.

    Today we have over 18,000 members and 90 branches and provide:
    • information, advice, advocacy, training and support for individuals and their families;
    • information and training for health, education and other professionals working with people with autism and their families;
    • specialist residential, supported living, outreach and day services for adults;
    • specialist schools and education outreach services for children;
    • out-of-school service for children and young people; and
    • employment training and support and social programmes for adults with autism.

    A local charity with a national presence, we campaign and lobby for lasting positive change for those affected by autism in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

  • Aims

    The National Autistic Society aims to:

    • People with autism who use our schools and adult services will receive pioneering and outstanding person-centred education, training and support, through every stage of their life.
    • People with autism, their families and those who support them will be connected to one another to share experiences, learning and good practice.
    • The best possible autism practice will be used by all those who support people with autism and their families.
    • People with autism and their families will have improved access to specialist and up-to-date information, advice and support that meets their needs.
    • National and local policy will reflect and meet the needs and aspirations of people with autism and their families.
  • Overview

    Established: May 1962

    Registered Charity Number: 269425

    Board members: 14

    Full time staff: 2525

    Part time staff: 1392

    Volunteers: 1777

    Phone number: 020 7923 5798

    Address: 391-393 City Road, London EC1V 1NG

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