Where to Find Autism Help and Support

If you’d like to find out more about autism, there are a number of organisations you can reach out to who will provide further information and support.

Support during the COVID-19 pandemic

When times are tough, it’s ok to ask for help. Details of support from The Scottish Government, NHS Scotland, and other groups can be found below.

Vaccination

For the most up-to-date information and guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) and vaccinations, please visit NHS Inform.

NHS Inform

Mental Health

If you're experiencing mental health difficulties during the pandemic, you are not alone. Free, confidential help and advice are available.

Clear Your Head
Mind Your Mind

Education

This has been a difficult time for everyone, but children and young people with additional support needs and their families may have found it particularly challenging. The following links can help to support during this time.

National Autism Implementation Team
Parent Club

Post Diagnostic Support Pilot

National Post-Diagnostic Support Service

If you or a family member have been diagnosed within the last two years, you may be interested in a pilot scheme that has recently been launched to deliver a post-diagnostic support service. The pilot scheme, which will run from December 2020 to 31 March 2022, aims to ensure that, following a diagnosis of autism, individuals, parents, and carers living across Scotland are aware of appropriate support in their area and how to access it.

To find out more about the pilot scheme, as well as the organisations and types of support available, please visit https://www.gov.scot/publications/autism-national-post-diagnostic-support-pilot/

Visit gov.scot

Autistic People-Led Charities and Organisations

An APO is an organisation providing autism help and support, set up and run by autistic people for other autistic people in the community.

Autism Understanding Scotland

Autism Understanding Scotland is an autistic-led service offering information about autism for autistic people, their friends and family, professionals, and anyone else interested in autism. Our services include one to one support, training, consultation and maintaining our Autism Information Hub which can be found on our website. While we primarily focus on providing support in Aberdeenshire we also provide limited support throughout Scotland.

Visit autismunderstanding.scot

SWAN

info@swanscotland.org
catriona.stewart@swanscotland.org

We offer autistic-led peer-support, in local groups and through online forums, for autistic women in Scotland. We are a Participatory Action and Autism Research organisation; we deliver consultancy and training to all sectors, knowledge share events, academic papers and key-note presentations. We are currently running a Scottish Government-funded project to support employers in building more inclusive workplaces and autistic women in their employment and career.

Visit swanscotland.org

Autism Rights Group Highland – ARGH

ARGH is a group run by and for autistic adults.

As an organisation we inform service providers about what autistic people really experience. We campaign for better services for autistic people in the Highlands and beyond. We also look to challenge stigma and discrimination through education about autistic strengths.

To join ARGH as a full member you must be autistic, aged 18+ and living in or near Highland (autistic people outwith Highland considered for full membership at the committee’s discretion). We also accept associate members who do not fit the criteria for full membership but who support our aims.

For more information on becoming a member of ARGH please email: info@arghighland.co.uk

Visit arghighland.co.uk

AMASE - Autistic Mutual Aid Society Edinburgh

We are an Autistic People’s Organisation based in Edinburgh. All members are on the autistic spectrum, and our goal is to help autistic people make each other’s lives better through peer support, advocacy and education.

Full Membership of AMASE is open to autistic adults aged 16 and over in Edinburgh, Lothians and Fife, with members in other nearby areas admitted at the committee’s discretion. Those who don’t fit those criteria are eligible to be Associate Members, provided they support AMASE’s objectives. There is no joining fee.

Visit Amase

Autism ATLAS

ATLAS is a small autistic led organisation based in the Glasgow and Renfrewshire area. They aim to increase autism awareness and acceptance in their local community. They deliver training developed from autistic people’s experiences to create communities where autistic people and their carers feel valued, respected and safe.

Here are some links to their videos:
Sensory Issues
Burnout
Masking

Local Sources of Support and One Stop Shops

A One Stop Shop or OSS is a place where autistic people can access support and advice for everyday life.

Highland One Stop Shop

Area: Highlands & Islands/Inverness
Email: highlandoss@aiscotland.org.uk
Telephone: 01463 717649

Visit Highland OSS

Fife One Stop Shop

Area: Fife
Email: fifeoss@scottishautism.org
Telephone: 0159 264 5350

Visit Fife OSS

Autism Understanding Scotland

Area: North East Scotland and Aberdeen
Email: help@autismunderstanding.scot

Visit Autism Understanding

No6 One Stop Shop

Area: Edinburgh and Lothians
Email: number6@aiscotland.org.uk
Telephone: 07570 953 331

Visit Number 6

No3 One Stop Shop

Area: Perth and Kinross
Email: jill.murdoch@aiscotland.org.uk
Telephone: 01738 449327

Visit Perth OSS

Perth Autism Support

Area: Perth and Kinross
Email: info@perthautismsupport.org.uk
Telephone: 01738 451081

Visit Perth Autism Support

Baags

Area: Borders
Email: baags@btconnect.com
Telephone: 01896 668 961

Visit Baags

Sail Autism

Area: Lanarkshire
Email: mail@sailautism.org.uk
Telephone: 0792 239 9199

Visit Sail Autism

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National Charities

Autism Initiatives

Online Contact Form - https://autisminitiatives.org/contactus

In a variety of locations throughout the UK and Ireland we offer a wide range of support for autistic people. From supported living to schools, from a short break service to one stop shops, from work placements to training, clubs and activities, Autism Initiatives has a wealth of resources and expertise that support autistic people to achieve their personal goals.

Visit autisminitiatives.org

National Autistic Society

Autism Helpline – 0808 800 4104

Online Enquiry Form – https://www.autism.org.uk/what-we-do/contact-us/online-enquiry-form

We are the UK's leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families. Since 1962, we have been providing support, guidance and advice, as well as campaigning for improved rights, services and opportunities to help create a society that works for autistic people.

Visit autism.org.uk

Scottish Autism

Autism Advice Line – 01259 222022

Online Advice Form – https://www.scottishautism.org/advice-line-form

We exist to help those diagnosed with autism to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives and be recognised as valued members of the community they live in.

We also seek to share our knowledge and expertise with parents, carers and other professionals in order to support the development of skills and strategies needed to provide the best care and support for autistic people.

Visit scottishautism.org

Education

Autism Toolbox

The Autism Toolbox is a free online resource developed to support the inclusion of autistic learners in Scottish Early Learning and Childcare settings, Primary and Secondary schools.

The Toolbox supports the Scottish Strategy for Autism which aims to build on improvements to autism services and increase access to these.

Visit autismtoolbox.co.uk

NAIT – National Autistic Implementation Team

The NAIT Team are professionals from Education, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Psychiatry, who have considerable experience and expertise in working with individuals of all ages, their families and others who support them. NAIT provide practitioner-to-practitioner advice.

Visit autismtoolbox.co.uk

Healthcare

NHS Inform

NHS inform is Scotland's national health information service.

Our aim is to provide the people in Scotland with accurate and relevant information to help them make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for.

Visit nhsinform.scot

Fair Start Scotland

Get in touch https://www.startscotland.scot/contact-us

Call: 0800 049 7061

We recognise that everyone's life is different and you might be further away from the job market than others. That's why we tailor our approach so that our service is individual to you.

Visit startscotland.scot