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The Guardian choose us for Christmas appeal

Young person with autism and his sister in the snow

We are delighted that Ambitious about Autism has been chosen as one of eight charities for The Guardian Christmas appeal 2012. This year’s appeal focuses on charities that are helping to transform disabled peoples’ lives and it’s a great privilege to be able to showcase the work of Ambitious about Autism.

The appeal will focus on our work to secure more and better educational options for all young people with autism aged 16 – 25 to enable them to develop skills, gain employment, live more independently and ultimately to live the life they choose. By developing new services, raising awareness and campaigning for change we want to ensure that more young people with autism can continue to learn beyond school. Currently just 1 in 4 young people with autism access any form of education once they finish school and we believe this is unacceptable and needs to change.

Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism, comments: “I am thrilled that Ambitious about Autism has been chosen as one of the charities to benefit from this year’s Christmas appeal. We exist to make the ordinary possible and with the support and generosity of Guardian readers we will be able to support more young people with autism to continue their education beyond school. There has never been a more important time to support disabled people and the Guardian should be congratulated for helping to raise vital funds.”

Ambitious about Autism will be one of eight charities benefiting from the Guardian Christmas appeal. The others are a follows: Oily Cart, Queen Elizabeth Foundation for disabled People, Greenbank, Basic Needs, Sense International, Disability Law Service, Ace Centres.

Watch our Finished at School film

This film shows two young people with autism's different experiences at college. One is of Jacque who is currently not in education. He dropped out of college after the first year when his 'buddy' support was withdrawn due to lack of funding. The other is of Freddy who is studying at Nescot College. He is doing well and has high hopes for the future.

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