It's been a busy year for everyone at Autistica and our researchers, volunteers and fundraisers. Hear from some of them as we count down to Christmas with our 12 highlights from 2018 in 12 days! Follow them as they are released on Twitter #YearIn12.

The twelfth and final video message of 2018 is from our founder, Dame Stephanie Shirley, with a thank you to our researchers, volunteers and supporters across the country. Without them, our work in building happier lives for all autistic people simple wouldn't be possible.

Day Eleven is Dr Vicky Slonims, a senior consultant at Evelina London Children's Healthcare, talking about the study Autistica is funding looking at ways of transforming communication for autistic children and parents.

Day Ten is Ed, Autistica's Policy & Public Affairs Manager, with a review of our work in reducing the disproportionate rates of suicide in the autistic community. For a full run down of what we've achieved this year, click here.

Day Nine is Amy, an autistic adult who is part of our Discover network, which celebrated its first birthday in 2018. Amy has been able to take part in our research developing an app designed to help autistic people understand and manage their anxiety.

Day Eight is Autistica CEO Jon Spiers, talking about our new DARE program, set up this year in order to close the autism employment gap and encourage employers to do more to accommodate autistic members of staff.

Day Seven is Joseph, who talks about how Autistica has inspired him to take up a career in research. As an autistic adult with epilepsy he is passionate about how research can change and save lives. He's been awarded our Charles Sharland Award and paired up with a mentor to make his research ideas a reality.

Day Six is Dr Sarah Cassidy at the University of Nottingham, who highlights the importance of input from our Discover network to her study on suicide in the autistic community. Insights from Discover have been crucial to the project. Together we can work to prevent early deaths in autism.

Day Five is Dr Jane Goodwin at the University of Newcastle, who is working on a therapy that will help parents and children understand and manage anxiety in uncertain situations.

Day Four is Nic O'Connor, Autistica's Content Strategist, who helped us launch our smartphone app, Molehill Mountain, earlier this year. The app is designed to help autistic people understand and self-manage their anxiety, and has been downloaded over 3000 times so far. Download it for free, and try it over the Christmas period, or recommend it to someone who may need it during this busy time of year.

Day Three is Paul Ryan, whose daughter is autistic. Paul ran multiple running events for us in 2018, raising hundreds of pounds for our research. Visit our Charity Events page and see how you can make an impact in 2019! 

Day Two is Laura, a statistician from Cardiff who is also autistic. Laura contributed to our study on anorexia earlier this year. Autistic women are much more likely to develop anorexia than non-autistic women. Our research project will provide evidence to improve treatment and services.

Day One is our Director of Science James Cusack, who talks about our first Discover research conference that we hosted in September. The event brought together researchers, autistic adults and families to explore the topics most important to the community.

We look forward to involving even more of you in our work next year.

Seasons greetings from all at Autistica.