The National Autistic Society (NAS) is the UK’s leading charity for individuals affected by autism. The NAS was founded in 1962 by a group of parents who were passionate about ensuring a better life for their children. Their vision is a world where all people living with autism get to lead the life they choose.
This means a world where everyone living with autism:
• gets the support, education and training they need
• lives with dignity and as independently as possible
• feels part of their community and wider society
• is understood by all professionals who support them
• is respected for who they are by a knowledgeable public
Today they have over 20,000 members and 100 branches and provide a variety of services including:
• information, advice, advocacy, training and support for individuals and their families;
• specialist residential, supported living, outreach and day services for adults;
• specialist schools and education outreach services for children;
• out-of-school services for children and young people;
• employment training and support and social programmes for adults with autism.
The funding that we have provided NAS with has been put towards their unrestricted, general fund which maintains their core services and activities; specifically, giving information, support, training, care and education to people with autism, their families and carers and professionals across the UK. Their key activities and programmes include:
• Advice and advocacy provided through our Autism Helpline
• Residential care, supported living, outreach support and day services for adults as well as employment training
• Schools, education support and out of school clubs for children
• Campaigning for change across the UK
Dame Thomas Foundations’s contribution to the NAS’ general fund has made a huge difference to the lives of young people affected by autism:
• 80% of callers to the Helpline say they feel less isolated as a result of getting in touch
• 89% of children attending our after school service say they have more opportunities to meet new friends, and 68% now find it easier to talk to people
• 401 young people attended our autism-specific schools in 2014
Since 2008, The National Autistic Society (NAS) has received £4,349 in grants from DM Thomas Foundation.