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.
For the most up-to-date information and guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) and vaccinations, please visit NHS Inform.NHS Inform
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
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
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 2023, 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/
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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:
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
Telephone: 01463 717649
Fife One Stop Shop
Telephone: 0159 264 5350
Autism Understanding Scotland
Area: North East Scotland and Aberdeen
No6 One Stop Shop
Area: Edinburgh and Lothians
Telephone: 07570 953 331
No3 One Stop Shop
Area: Perth and Kinross
Telephone: 01738 449327
Perth Autism Support
Area: Perth and Kinross
Telephone: 01738 451081
Telephone: 01896 668 961
Telephone: 0792 239 9199
If you are looking for providers of local support services, go to aliss
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.
National Autistic Society
National Autistic Society Scotland is a leading charity for autistic people and their families in Scotland. We provide local specialist help, information and care across Scotland to autistic people, their families and carers. For example, we provide an Education Rights and Transitions Service, Student Support Service, as well as region-specific information services in Glasgow, Ayrshire and the Highlands. Through our Moving Forward+ service we also support young autistic people towards positive destinations including employment. In addition, we run online social groups and a post diagnostic support programme, which empower young autistic people to develop social navigation skills and strategies as well as discuss topics of interest - from film and TV, to cooking, gaming, politics, art and many more. For a comprehensive look at the services and info we provide, visit our website at the button below.Visit autism.org.uk/scotland
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.
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.
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
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.
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.