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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.

Please take part in our latest survey

We are committed to ensuring that our work responds to the needs of individuals with autism and their families. This month we have launched a survey to ask parents what information would have been most helpful during the first year after their child was diagnosed. Autistica will use this information to work with professionals in the next two years to develop resources for use by parents. It will take just five minutes to fill out, please click here. Future consultations will focus on support after the first year and we will let you know about these in due course.

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 - 10th August

RideLondon-Surrey 100We are one of the lucky charities to have the highly sought after places in RideLondon-Surrey Cycle on the 10th August. Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. The places are very limited, to get yours contact us straightaway on or call Yasmine on 05601 183 606.

World Autism Awareness Month 2014

Jump for autism for World Autism Awareness DayWorld Autism Awareness Month is an internationally recognised celebration to raise awareness for autism. We have some exciting activities going on and we would love you to get involved.

We are Jumping for Autism with Springfree Trampolines, going on adventures with Binky Bear and our supporters are challenging themselves to raise funds for Autism Awareness. To find out more click here.

Our Research

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

Map of the UK showing location of projects funded by Autistica

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