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 around 3,000 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.
Our Balmyre Resource Centre in Alloa, provides day opportunities for autistic adults. It is hoped that the facilities on offer at the service can be enhanced to provide an outdoor gym and upgrade the outdoor space to include a Summer house.
The supported individuals who visit Balmyre are encouraged to participate in physical activities, to encourage health and wellbeing. This repurposed outdoor space could provide a beneficial outlet for stress reduction, within a familiar environment where people feel comfortable.
Social and Creative PursuitsYour 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.
“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.
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.
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.
It helped me understand autism through my son’s eyes.
It made me feel less alienated knowing that many parents have encountered difficulties helping their child with typical things such as dressing and toileting.