2016 – Present

We seek feedback from autistic children, young people and adults, as well as their parents, siblings, staff and volunteers through a variety of means, including annual written evaluation questionnaires.  Unanimously, we are asked to continue with what we are providing and to increase our provision. Over the years, therefore, we..Read More

2016

We introduced a programme of interest-led sessions to try and engage ‘hard to reach’ autistic adults.  We worked with experts in the field to provide art, rowing and tennis sessions across Bedfordshire.

2015

We expanded our adult social provision to include daytime groups for those individuals who were unable to access our evening sessions.

2014

We launched our ‘Progress into Education, Training and Employment’ programme designed for high functioning autistic adults who are looking to enter the job market.  We recognise that employment is just one part of becoming self-supporting and so we assess individuals’ needs on a broad basis which may mean we help..Read More

2013

We started to offer term-time sport and leisure activities for autistic people and young people, including swimming, golf and trampolining sessions.

2010

We began the first of many training sessions for parents, starting with a talk from Olga Bogdashina on Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism.

2009

Following the Autism Act 2009, the Government issued statutory guidance for local councils and NHS bodies to deliver services for autistic adults. As the only specialist autism provider in the county, Autism Bedfordshire was invited to be a key participant in developing the Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives Autism Strategies. We..Read More

2008

We set up our first Adult Social Group, providing social opportunities in the evening for adults with Asperger Syndrome.

2007

We launched our Adult Services with an Adult Skills Project – a one day a week course teaching communication, social, employment and independence skills.

2004

Our 2003 member consultation found that parents wanted social activity groups for their teenage children who often felt isolated and withdrew from society due to ridicule or bullying by their peers. We therefore introduced our fortnightly evening youth clubs for high functioning autistic children aged 10 to 17 years.