As the UK’s leading autism research charity, we exist to harness the potential of cutting-edge science to improve the lives of everyone affected by autism. 

We were founded in 2004 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley, whose son Giles had autism. 

Since our founding, we have funded the set up and development of some of the most important UK studies and scientific assets in autism, including the BASIS and iBASIS trials, the ASD-UK family database and the Autism Brain Bank. 

We aim to give the autism community a voice in everything we do. Through consultation and involvement we've made sure they don't just direct our funded research, but autism science across the UK.

Our President and Patron

Sir Michael being interviewed by autistic advocate Jack Welch