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Why we need your help

Your donations and fundraising activities help to provide vital support for autistic people and their families across Scotland when it's needed most. Please watch the video below to see the difference your support makes.

 

 


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

Autism Advice Line

‘When we reached out to contact Scottish Autism for help, they responded so quickly. My son has been getting regular emails from an Advisor over the last few months and I can’t over emphasise how much they have helped him, they have literally changed his life. They have helped us so much as a family and I don’t know where we would be without them.’ - Karen, Parent

The Scottish Autism Advice Line currently costs £187,000 to run annually and since COVID-19, calls volumes have close to trebled as we provide the only national autism-specific advice line in Scotland.

This service relies on the support of funders and supporters to help meet the annual costs and ensure our Community Advisors are with you until you have the support you need.

Learn more about our Advice Line or contact a Community Advisor 

Equipment 

Your donations help 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. 

Thanks to generous donations from supporters like you, the outdoor space at our Balmyre service in Alloa received an upgrade to include outdoor gym equipment, a summer house, a shed for storage of bikes and sports equipment, and garden furniture.

The project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of those supported at the service, while reducing stress and anxieties by getting outdoors in a safe space.

Would you like to support a similar project? Have a look at our current appeals or get in touch with us by emailing fundraising@scottishautism.org!

Social and Creative Activities

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.

Online Events and Conferences

Help us to continue to deliver our online events and conferences to support autistic people and their families in Scotland.

Our events allow us to deliver a range of events where we can share knowledge, experience and best practice with others.  Donations would help us make our events as accessible as possible by offering the events free or at a reduced charge via our Pay What You Can scheme.

Right Click Programme

Thanks to generous donations, we launched an online parent support programme called Right Click which has benefitted over 6,670 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had waited a long time to speak with incredible people who really understand autism.

Advice Line caller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The work that has been completed has exceeded all our expectations. This inclusive outdoor area will promote exercise, improve health & wellbeing, social inclusion and be a sanctuary for all the individuals we support.

Linda Hunter, Senior Autism Practitioner

 

I love my new garden, I can't wait until we have barbeques and parties.

Fiona, Supported person at Balmyre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I have enjoyed being with other autistic people discussing different subjects and learning about autism, being able to express my opinions and listen to others' opinions.  A group of like-minded individuals who do not judge me and accept me as I am."

 Seminar attendee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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