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Why we need your help

Your donations and fundraising activities help us to reach and support more autistic people living in Scotland and their families.

Here are just some of the activities and services we have been able to provide due to the generosity of others...

Autism Advice Line

‘The Advice Line lets parents know that they’re not alone and shouldn’t sit about the house getting frustrated and in some cases isolated, which can often be the case when caring for someone on the spectrum. We were also pointed in the direction of local organisations in our area, which helped us to meet parents who are in the same position as us. This allowed Max to make friends in environments suitable to his needs.’ - Kimm Curran, Parent

The Scottish Autism Advice Line currently costs £100,000 to run annually and responds to over 2,100 enquiries every year.

As this service receives no government funding, Scottish Autism meets the cost of this to ensure our autism advisors are with you until you have the support you need.

Learn more about our Advice Line or contact an advisor 

Equipment 

Your donations help us to provide additional equipment that can enhance the lives of those we support - these include communication aids, sensory equipment, specially adapted furniture and improvements to outdoor areas.  

The team at our independent residential and day school, New Struan School, hope to enhance the facilities on offer by providing two valuable areas where pupils can be supported to gain important life skills.

A 'Think Pod' would provide a flexible learning space that pupils can use to collaborate on group projects or as an individual work space, while providing a supervised online and digital resource.

The team also wish to repurpose their current food technology room to create an open plan, domestic style kitchen with integrated appliances. This would provide pupils with learning opportunities for self-care and promote independence where possible ahead of leaving school and moving into supported living accomodation.

Take a look at our other appeals we would love your support on!

Social and Creative Pursuits

Your donations can give the individuals we support a better quality of life, providing social groups, cookery classes, drama, art and music therapy. These activities give individuals the opportunity to be self expressive and socialise with others. The individuals we support have put on amazing productions like the 'Wizard of Oz', and produced a book of their own short stories and poems.

Knowledge Share Seminars

Help us further develop and expand our Knowledge Share Programme: a series of seminars help throughout Scotland.

These seminars are a means of disseminating our knowledge of autism and effective practice with others, and donations would help us add to the programme and increase the locations we visit.

Find out more about our Knowledge Share Seminars

“Very informative, enjoyed the video footage, excellent insight into independent living for people living with autism.” Seminar attendee

Right Click Programme

Thanks to generous donations, we launched an online parent support programme called Right Click which has benefitted over 3,500 families so far. We have drawn on the wealth of experience from across our services, as well as that of external professionals, to develop a range of video and support materials for three distinct programmes: child, teen and adult.

Find out more about our Right Click programme

 

Women and Girls Programme

We were able to further develop and add to the Right Click programme by launching our women and girls online support resource.

Find out more about out Women and Girls programme

Donate

To make a donation to help us carry on this work please visit our donation page.

Contact our fundraising team

Email: fundraising@scottishautism.org
Tel: 01259 720044

 

 

 

 

The support from the Advice Line has been amazing. I don’t know what we would have done without it. We felt there were so many obstacles to getting support and nobody was interested in helping us. The advisors answered all our questions and pointed us in the right direction for help. We will continue to use the Advice Line - it’s a lifeline for us.

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It helped me understand autism through my son’s eyes.

Parent

 

It made me feel less alienated knowing that many parents have encountered difficulties helping their child with typical things such as dressing and toileting.

Parent