Where to get 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 pandemic

Get support during the pandemic

 

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 May 2021, 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/

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Charities

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

National Autistic Society Scotland

Autism Helpline – 0808 800 4104

Contact: scotlandsocialgroups@nas.org.uk

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

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

Autistic People's Organisations (APOs)

One Stop Shop Aberdeen

hello@oss-aberdeen.co.uk

The One Stop Shop Aberdeen is an autistic led service offering information about autism for autistic people, their friends and family, professionals, and anyone else interested in autism. Affiliated with Triple As, our services include one to one support, training, consultation and maintaining our Autism Information Hub which can be found on our website. While One Stop Shop Aberdeen primarily focus on the local area, especially for groups, we can provide limited support to those further afield.

Visit oss-aberdeen.co.uk

Triple As

Email: Alastair.Meek@triplea.uk.com

Triple As is an autistic led peer support charity in Aberdeen. We provide user led social groups, focusing on allowing people to build natural, unforced relationships without feeling judged by people's assumptions. We also provide autism training for autists, parents, and professionals, as well as and someone to one mentoring. While Triple As Aberdeen primarily focus on the local area, especially for groups, we can provide limited support to those further afield.

Visit webspace.triplea.uk.com

SWAN

swan.scotland@gmail.com
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. ARGH members are all people who have an Autistic spectrum condition.
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 find out more about ARGH visit: www.arghighland.co.uk
For more information on becoming a member of ARGH please email: info@arghighland.co.uk

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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.

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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

Employment

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.

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