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Our 50th Anniversary 

In 2018, Scottish Autism will mark 50 years since its founding. Established in 1968 by a group of parents, we are now the largest provider of autism-specific services in Scotland and a leading authority and advocate for good autism practice.

To celebrate our past, present and future, there are many exciting events planned throughout 2018, including our 50th Anniversary Conference; local celebrations at our services throughout Scotland; 50 Fundraising Events; Ladies Lunch and art exhibitions.

More events will be announced throughout the year, so there will be many opportunities for you to celebrate with us.

Find out ways you can Get Involved and help support us as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

Scottish Autism is an organisation dedicated to enriching the lives of autistic people.

Established in 1968 by a group of parents, we are now the largest provider of autism-specific services in Scotland and a leading authority and advocate for good autism practice.

We exist to help those diagnosed with autism to lead full and enriched lives and become valuable members of the community they live in.

We also seek to share our knowledge and expertise with parents, carers and other professionals in order to support the development of skills and strategies needed to provide the best care and support for autistic people.

Building partnerships locally, nationally and internally provides us with the exciting opportunity to learn and share our knowledge of good autism practice with other countries. Our Deputy CEO, Charlene Tait, is on the Council of Administration for Autism-Europe. This is an association gathering almost 90 national and regional organisations advocating for the rights of autistic people from 30 European countries.


Who we are and what we do

Our Services

With a head office in Alloa and over 900 staff working across Scotland, we offer a large range of services for people with autism including education, day and vocational opportunities, supported living, outreach, respite and specialist transition support.

Find out more about Our Services.

We are committed to providing the best possible services for people with autism. Our organisational quality improvement is driven by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) which enables us to conduct regular comprehensive reviews of our activities and to identify areas for improvement. Using the EFQM excellence model, we were delighted to achieve the Recognised for Excellence 4 Star Award in June 2017. We are also featured on the EFQM Global Index which recognises the world’s best performing organisations on their journey to sustainable excellence. 

Find out more about our Commitment to Quality