Autism is a lifelong disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. There are approximately 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK. Without the right support or understanding, autistic people can miss out on an education, struggle to find work and become extremely isolated. The National Autistic Society is here to transform lives, change attitudes and build a society that works for autistic people.
We also provide a number of activities for both families and children on the autism spectrum. The Group volunteers raise awareness of autism, support and encourage the development of autism services in Thurrock.
Income to provide social activities and resources are raised by local parents, private donations and by applying for funding. We rely on volunteers to run the branch and welcome applications from people in the local area who would like to help out with our activities; raising awareness or running support group sessions (e.g. in local schools). We also organise workshops, speakers, and other activities to make information, advice, and support more accessible for all.
There is still so much to do to increase opportunities, reduce social isolation and build a brighter future for people on the spectrum. With your help, we can make it happen.