Autistic UK has a growing number of projects across England and Wales, in addition to collaborating with other autistic led organisations. Collaboration is an important element in affording effective change, as is gaining insight from the lived experiences of autistic people from a variety of geographical areas, backgrounds, cultures, and belief systems.
Here is a selection of the projects we are currently working on:
Autistic UK-Cymru is the Welsh element of Autistic UK. We share directors and mission statements, however those working on the project tend to reside in Wales, and lobby Welsh Government with issues faced by Welsh Autistics.
Working closely with the National Autism Team, Autistic UK-Cymru are increasingly being consulted in the production of information written for autistic people and their parent/carers.
For more information you can follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AutisticUKCymru/. Their website is still under development, but will be added here once it’s gone live.
Autistic Women's Empowerment Project
The Autistic Women’s Empowerment Project (AWE) is a user-led project for Autistic and Neurodivergent Women and Girls. They are a true grassroots disabled peoples group, run by volunteers and focused on engagement, consultancy and user-led peer to peer support.
They are based in North Wales and have developed a local network of women who either have a diagnosis or are waiting for an assessment of an Autism Spectrum or related neurodevelopmental condition, or have social and communication challenges. Their network also includes the mothers of girls who are either diagnosed or awaiting assessment.
AWE do all they can to ensure that the rights of autistic women and girls are recognised and upheld. They are not a big project but they have achieved some big things in the last few years.
They aim to move beyond simply “awareness of autism” and campaign for Autistic Women’s Rights in Wales.
Autistically Speaking is one of Autistic UK’s training arms. The value of education from a lived experience perspective is starting to be recognised within multiple sectors. There are few things with more impact in developing a better understanding of the differences and challenges that come with being autistic, and how those factors influence the development of autistic lives, than learning about them from autistic people directly.
From our experienced autistic speakers you don’t learn the cold, often inaccurate, textbook ‘facts’ of what autism is and how it presents, but rather the reality of living autistic lives in a non-autistic world.
Launched in North Wales in early 2020, we are looking to expand our services into South Wales, both by utilising our South Wales representatives, and by establishing a webinar option for those who are unable to facilitate an in-person event.
For more information about how we can help broaden your understanding of how autistic people experience the world, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.