Our Mission

The Autism Directory is a registered charity (no. 1143855) working to support autistic individuals and their families at a grass roots level in the community.

We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to create a better and more independent life for themselves, and with the right support and resources this can be achieved.

The Charity was founded in 2010 by Nadine Honeybone, a parent with a child diagnosed at age 2 with autism and a learning disability. She explains:

“When we were given the diagnosis we were completely unaware about autism. We knew very little about it, what caused it or what we could do to help our child.
We felt isolated and alone.
We expected a learning curve, but did not anticipate one so steep.
We expected some help, but did not anticipate how little is actually given and how much you have to find out for yourself.
We expected a society that understood, but did not anticipate the lack of awareness, often ignorance, that we would have to put up with every day.”

The Autism Directory was created because you should not feel that you are alone. There is help and support out there, but if you don’t know what or where it is, or how to access it then it is of no benefit. Since the charity was founded in 2010, our work has expanded from the online directory to include many more services.

We focus on Helping You Get The Help You Need, and we do this via our main services:

A comprehensive directory of autism related services, products and autism friendly businesses in your local area and beyond.

 

Contact us by phone, email, on social media or pop in and visit us to get personal and confidential help and support on a wide range of issues.

Face to face access to the services, resources and provisions to help autistic individuals, their families and the professionals that support them.

Providing local support in your communities with training, employment, local talks, support & social groups.

A range of training programs for businesses and all kinds of organisations to help them become more accessible for the autism community.

A 9 week program of support for helping autistic adults get ready for work.

Live events to provide a stage for autistics to share their inspiring stories that need to be told.

The charity’s membership and ambassador programs providing the opportunity to others to be a part of what we do.

Our in-house design team providing a full range of professional design services by talented designers on the spectrum.

registered charity #1143855