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Autistic UK Aims

AUTISTIC UK is an Autistic People’s Organisation – an organisation run by autistic people.

Autistic UK campaigns in the UK and beyond to advance the interests of all autistic people and those with “related neuro-developmental conditions”.

It offers information, support and informal advice to those with a neurological difference.

Autistic UK aims to:

  • promote the civil and human rights of autistic people and to campaign for the enforcement of the legislation which guarantees our rights
  • increase understanding of autistic people and their differences and needs
  • work to improve services, facilities and conditions for autistic people.

Autistic UK does not seek to represent autistic people.

It aims to ensure that autistic people have the opportunity to represent themselves. We need mechanisms and processes which empower autistic people and enable them to represent themselves.

Autistic UK envisions Autistic People’s Organisations (APOs) in every locality in the UK, independent autonomous groups able to use the umbrella of Autistic UK to come together into a national network.

Autistic UK recognises that many autistic people are unable to represent themselves or experience great difficulty in doing so.

We recognise the importance of carers, family members, friends and supporters of autistic people and welcome these non-autistic people as associate members.

Autistic UK believes in unity and consensus and in seeking common ground.

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Autistic UK aims to:

  • Promote the civil and human rights of autistic people
  • raise awareness of autism and “related conditions”
  • Improve services, facilities and conditions for autistic people
  • Encourage the involvement of autistic people in the commissioning, design, delivery and evaluation of the services used by autistic people.
  • Campaign for the enforcement of the legislation and guidance which guarantees us involvement
  • Develop mechanisms, structures, procedures and processes by which statutory agencies may involve and engage with autistic people.
  • Establish and support local, regional and sub-regional user-led organisations with aims similar to Autistic UK.

Autistic UK works to promote:

  • The involvement of autistic people in statutory sector strategic planning at all levels and in all areas
  • The involvement of autistic people in the development and delivery of third sector services (e.g. autism “awareness training”)
  • The establishment and recognition of the “fifth sector” which includes genuinely independent disabled people’s organisations
  • Opposition to the stereotyping of autistic people
  • The social model of disability as well as cultural and affirmative models of difference and ability which includes the cultural model of autism
  • The recognition that there is a “hierarchy of disabilities” and a “hierarchy of impairments” within “disability” and works to challenge that inequity
  • The recognition that there is an inequality of status between the seven “equality strands”
  • Social inclusion and independent and inclusive living
  • The concept of Neurodiversity

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