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Autism Advice Line

Here to provide reliable information throughout the individual's whole life journey.


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Autism Advice Line - 01259 222 022

We have a dedicated team of advisors who are trained and experienced in working with autistic people. Each year we handle hundreds of calls and our advice line enables a direct first response to families looking for information, advice, and support.

When a child or young person is first diagnosed, parents often have many questions and concerns. Others may be seeking information on how to go forward for a diagnostic assessment.

We know that it is not only parents and family members who need information and advice. Individuals who are on the spectrum and the broader community may also be in need of the specific information and support we can offer.

Our advisors will also respond to professional enquiries. We offer advice and information and are also willing to discuss partnership approaches to providing more specific direct support to families.

Every caller’s needs are unique and are responded to in a professional and confidential manner. Previous users of our advice line service have benefited from advice on a range of issues such as toileting, eating and sleeping, and more sensitive issues like depression and anxiety are also common lines of enquiry.

If you are interesting in finding out more about our Get Set 4 Autism programme please contact our Advice Line using one of the contact methods below.

Autism Advice Line

Our Advice Line is open Tuesday – Friday, 10am - 4pm (both phone line and LiveChat), and is closed at weekends.

Please call us on 01259 222022 or e-mail including details of which council area you live in or use our online contact form and an advisor will be in touch as soon as they can.

Please note that currently it might take slightly longer than normal for an advisor to respond to your enquiry.

Our support team is made up of a small number of advisors that aim to provide an individualised response to each enquiry as quickly as possible.  We are currently experiencing a very high volume of calls, so please be advised it may take longer to receive a response to your enquiry.

Please note that the advice line is not an emergency service. For anything urgent, please consider calling your local Social Work department, NHS 24 on 111 or the Samaritans on 116 123.

Alternatively, you may also be able to find answers to your queries in our ‘Support for Families’ section of our website.

Data Protection: Scottish Autism complies with the General Data Protection Legislation and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation (2003). Your personal data is held securely and will only be accessed by those authorised to do so and used for the purposes for which you have provided us the information. For full details, please view our privacy policy. At any time you can request to be removed from our database by contacting us on 01259 720044 or emailing

Meet our Advice Line Team

Our Advice Line is run by a small dedicated team with a wealth of knowledge and experience in autism, available to provide emotional support and guidance when autistic people, their parents and carers, and professionals need it most.

Meet the Advisors