Welcome to Autistica
Autistica funds medical research to understand the causes of autism, improve diagnosis, and develop new treatments and interventions. We are the UK's leading autism medical research charity, and we are committed to funding translational research that will make a difference to people's lives.
Susan Boyle highlights a desperate need for improved adult diagnosis
As Susan's experience has highlighted, there is a desperate need to improve diagnostic practice to help the hundreds of thousands of individuals in the UK who do not have an explanation for their difficulties. Autistica is delighted to be funding brand new work at Newcastle University to understand autism across the lifespan and into old age, and in particular we will be working to improve adult diagnosis. Read our article about Susan Boyle here.
The Big Give Christmas Challenge is still open! Your gift can go twice as far.
The funds raised will support our work understanding the first signs of autism to help improve diagnosis and ensure that the right support can be given as soon as possible. To donate go to: http://new.thebiggive.org.uk/project/Autistica
Become a friend of Autistica
Your regular gift will enable us to sustain our programmes of pioneering autism research, building a brighter future for people with autism in this generation and the next.
Find out how you can become a friend of Autistica here.
At the start of April we launched our One in a Hundred report, featuring the findings of our consultation with over 1000 people with autism and their families. Please download your copy here.
Since our founding in 2004, we have funded leading scientists across the UK in areas of genetic, behavioural, and neurological research to explore early diagnosis, interventions, and the biological basis of autism.
As well as supporting discrete projects, we have been investing in the nation’s autism research community, attracting new talent and developing research infrastructure.
We have funded fellowships to attract young scientists to the field, and seed funded the Welsh Autism Research Centre, a brain tissue bank at Oxford, and ASD-UK, a research database for families who want to take part and learn more about research. Read more about our research here.