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Project information

To support the work of Ambitious about Autism

We work to improve the services available for children and young people with autism and increase awareness and understanding of the condition. We’re also committed to campaigning for change to ensure the needs of people with autism are understood and met.


Charity information: Ambitious about Autism

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  • Need


    Young people with autism are a vulnerable group and often sidelined by society, which has low aspirations of what they can achieve and equally low levels of understanding of their disability. This makes young people with autism a hard to reach group, often difficult to engage with. Less than 1 in 4 young people with autism go on to further education and only 15% of adults are in full time employment, while 90% remain dependent on families or care.


    Our work ensures that children and young people with autism have a voice and access to the right support and services so that they can lead fulfilling lives as active and contributing members of their communities. Through our campaign work we ensure that the needs of children and young people with autism are considered at different stages of policy development.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    We want to make the ordinary possible for children and young people with autism.


    » TreeHouse School, our non-maintained special school educates more than 80 children and young people with severe and complex needs.
    » Our Information Service, Talk about Autism and online community, are vital support networks for families, carers and people on the spectrum.
    » Our Youth Council, composed of young people aged 16-25 with autism, informs, influences and contributes to the work of Ambitious about Autism.
    » In September 2014 we opened Ambitious College, London's first co-located specialist further education college for learners with complex autism.

    What success will look like

    More children and young people with autism will access appropriate support, education and work opportunities.

  • Impact


    Children and young people with autism will have the skills and confidence they need to be active participants in their communities, fulfil their potential, and live as independently as possible.

    We will increase the number of young people with autism accessing further education with the opening of Ambitious College.

    We will empower families and carers to make informed decisions about children and young people with autism to get the best outcomes possible.

    We will campaign for change.


    The current economic climate is a risk factor, because as a charity we are reliant on donations to fund our work. We have a healthy mix of different funding streams to help mitigate this.

    Changes to the political agenda may also affect our work. We are committed to ensuring that the voice of children and young people with autism is represented clearly.


    We have a stewardship plan in place for our annual donors, which includes regular updates and progress reports.

    Our projects are always evaluated so that past projects can inform future endeavours.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,500,000

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      £1,500,000 Core and Activities Amount to be raised annually to run charitable activities
  • Background


    The charity is based in Muswell Hill, North London, but we operate nationally.


    Children and young people with autism aged 0-25, their families and carers, and professionals.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    At Ambitious about Autism we have the necessary skills and experience; including a successful parent participation project in 13 local authorities, an online information support community and a highly successful Finished at School campaign which supports young disabled people to access further education. We have a project to improve transition pathways for young people with autism from school to college. We develop and evaluate projects against clear and measurable outputs.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jolanta Lasota

    Our Chief Executive, Jolanta Lasota, together with our Executive Leadership Team meet regularly to review performance and budgets.