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Autism

Local and national autism organisations

  

Express

A not for profit, entirely voluntary parent led organisation. We exist to support young people with autism and their families. We run several parent/carer support groups, including a group for parents of children with PDA ( pathological demand avoidance), a weekly drama club, weekly drama therapy groups for young people on the autism spectrum, an ASD girls group, a sibling group, a yoga club, support with EHCPs and DLA applications and a counselling service for parent/carers of SEN children. In addition we work tirelessly to raise autism awareness in the community, putting on events, talks and workshops. We work alongside statutory services to ensure the voice of our community is heard and to influence best practice and provisions.
Please visit www.expresscic.org.uk or email info@expresscic.org.uk for more information and a referral form.  

NAS Richmond Branch

A friendly parent-led group aiming to support families and individuals mainly in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames living with an autism spectrum disorder (including Asperger's Syndrome). They hold coffee mornings, liaise with other groups and provide regular updates via emails.
Find out more details about NAS Richmond Branch (opens a new window)

NAS Kingston Branch

The branch welcomes all parents and carers with children on the autistic spectrum, and organises a number of activities as well as acting as a source of information on local events/services.
Find out more details about NAS Kingston Branch (opens a page on an external website).

National Autistic Society (NAS) 

The UK's leading charity for people on the Autistic Spectrum and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for Autistic people.
Find out more details about the National Autistic Society (opens a page on an external website)

Ambitious about Autism 

Britain's national charity for children and young people with autism. They provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and campaign for change. Their ambition is to make the ordinary possible for more children and young people with autism. They have a Youth Council, a group of 16-25 year olds with autism, who meet at least four times a year to discuss and plan campaigns, events and consultations. 
Find out more details for Ambitious about Autism (opens a page on an external website)

Graduates from Kingston School of Art won the Undergraduate Short Feature Award at the annual Royal Television Society (RTS) Student Television Awards for their film Mm-Hmm.  The short film illustrates the imagination of a son on the autistic spectrum while his mother talks about her role in his life and how things may change as he, and she, get older.  You can view the film here (opens a page on an external website).

Included by kind permission of Hannah McNally