We are so pleased here at The Autism Directory HQ that our work is being recognised at a national level now. Our founder, Nadine Honeybone, was recently awarded the Inspirational Woman In The Community title at a gala awards dinner in Birmingham on 9th June. We appreciate all our supporters and fans recognising the work we do, and it’s because of them that we do it. It is also nice though to win an award like this that helps us to put autism awareness on the map in a community that knows nothing to very little about it autism.
The charity was founded in November 2010 when the first online directory was launched, and we have come a long way since then (and a lot longer way to go I might add!) We’ve had a new website that better supports our needs and the entries on the directory are starting to gradually rise. There are over 750 directory entries now plus many online resources too. Our first goal is to reach 1,000 entries across Wales followed by the same target for each of the regions in the UK we cover.
Our mission remains the same though; to help autism families get the help they need and we do this by signposting them on our website to all the information and resources that are available on a national level and across the regions locally too.
We are passionate about helping families at a grass roots level, and by that we mean in their everyday lives. We are working with businesses to raise their awareness of autism so that families can go out and about without facing so many challenges from places that don’t understand their needs. We are working towards an autism friendly world and we are starting in Cardiff with our challenge to make Cardiff the first autism friendly city in the UK
We have many longer term plans as well, including the launch of Autism Resource Centres on the High Streets and Social Enterprise Hubs to support young adults on the spectrum getting into work. More on this another time.
For now a massive thank you again to you all for helping us to get where we are today and to receive this award, which we did on behalf of autism families in the UK. We pledged that we wouldn’t stop until every family has access to the help they need.