Autism Bedfordshire is an independent charity providing information, advice, emotional and practical support to individuals with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, their parents/carers, families and associated professionals throughout Bedfordshire.
We were founded in 1991 by parents of children with autism, to share information and support each other. Over the years, we have expanded and developed our services, building a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise in the process. We have earned a widespread reputation for being an excellent provider of quality support for people with autism and their families.
Autism Bedfordshire aims to:-
– reduce social isolation and improve the quality of life for people with autism and their families in Bedfordshire, and
– improve awareness, knowledge and understanding about autism amongst families, professionals and the wider community.
We want people with autism to have the same opportunities as people who are not on the autistic spectrum and for them and their families to enjoy fulfilled and rewarding lives.
Statistically for every 100 people, one person will have autism – in Bedfordshire this equates to over 6,100 people with the condition. Autism Bedfordshire is the only voluntary organisation in the county that is specialised in supporting children, young people and adults with autism. Today the charity employs 17 office staff and around 130 staff and volunteers providing services to over 600 members.