Current news

14 Apr 2014

A massive thank you to all our Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 runners!

The Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 saw 26 dedicated runners raise almost £43,000 for Ambitious about Autism on Sunday 13 April.
11 Apr 2014

Finished at School Programme event presentations now online

Presentations are now available to view on our site from our event 'Improving transition for young people with autism into post-school education event' on 31 March 2014.
03 Apr 2014

#AutismIs shines on World Autism Awareness Day 2014

Over 350 people contributed their thoughts and photos to Ambitious about Autism’s #AutismIs Twitter campaign to mark World Autism Awareness Day yesterday.
02 Apr 2014

#AutismIs being the voice for others with autism

Being a Youth Patron for Ambitious about Autism is important to me because I'm not only able to represent the charity and put forward my ideas about potential changes, but I get to meet others with autism, which is so great!
28 Mar 2014

24-hour Minecraft Marathon in aid of Ambitious about Autism

A 24-hour Minecraft Marathon has been organised in Exeter for World Autism Awareness Day which will raise money for Ambitious about Autism, the National Autistic Society and local radio station Positively Autistic.

Get involved with World Autism Awareness Month 2014

We have lots of activities taking place for World Autism Awareness Month including our #AutismIs campaign, an exclusive Q&A with Dr Temple Grandin, and Autism Film Club 2014.
26 Mar 2014

Ambitious College to open in September 2014

We are delighted to announce that Ambitious College will now open in September 2014. The College will be located at Barnet and Southgate College’s Grahame Park site and will open with up to 25 learners.
25 Mar 2014

Join our #AutismIs Twitter campaign on World Autism Awareness Day 2014

After the wonderful response to our #AutismIs social media campaign for World Autism Awareness Day 2013, we’ll be revisiting it once again for this year on Wednesday 2 April 2014 and we’d love for you to get involved!
14 Mar 2014

Response to the Royal Assent of the Children and Families Bill

Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism, responds to the Royal Assent of the Children and Families Bill.
13 Mar 2014

Survey for young people with autism aged 16-25 on social media and campaigning

We would like to gather feedback from young people with autism aged 16-25 to understand how we can better support them and help make their voices heard.
06 Mar 2014

Exciting new fundraising Rapha Racing cycle challenge for Ambitious about Autism

Following the success of last year’s Bordeaux-Paris race which raised £200,000 for Ambitious about Autism, Rapha Racing is hosting the Manchester to London Challenge on 7 September 2014.
12 Feb 2014

Ruled Out campaign launches

Last night we launched the Ruled Out campaign in Westminster. Hosted by Graham Stuart MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee, the event was attended by almost 200 parliamentarians, young people, parents and professionals.
11 Feb 2014

Ruled Out: Sign up to our new campaign

Today we are launching our new campaign, Ruled Out: why are children with autism missing out on school? The campaign examines why children with autism miss out on education - including exclusion, part-time timetables and the difficulty parents have finding their child a school that can meet their needs.
31 Jan 2014

Inclusion through Innovation: Funding grants for primary schools

We are pleased to offer a fantastic opportunity for primary schools in England to apply for a funding grant of £3,000 for the development of a creative and sustainable project to support the inclusion and achievement of children with autism.
21 Jan 2014

Parents: We need your stories about school exclusions for our new campaign

Are you a parent or carer of a child with autism who's been excluded from school? We’re launching a campaign about this problem in a few weeks time and need stories from parents and carers of children with autism who have been excluded from school so we can raise awareness of this issue in the media.

NICE announces new autism quality standard

A new autism quality standard has been announced by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). It contains measurable standards to improve quality and care of services adults and children with autism receives.
07 Jan 2014

Government announces £30m fund for special educational needs independent supporters

The Department for Education has today announced a £30 million fund to provide 1,800 independent supporters to help parents and carers navigate changes to the special educational needs (SEN) system.
06 Jan 2014

Trustee Paul Fallon awarded an OBE

Paul Fallon, a member of Ambitious about Autism’s Board of Trustees since December 2010, was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year’s honours list.
17 Dec 2013

Finished at School campaign wins clearer rights to support beyond school for young disabled people

The Finished at School campaign is celebrating today as the Government propose amendments to the Children and Families Bill that will help create a clear legal right to support up to the age of 25 for young disabled people accessing education.
29 Nov 2013

Ambitious about Autism to develop and deliver Autism Education Trust’s post-16 training materials

Ambitious about Autism has been appointed by the Autism Education Trust to develop and deliver training to post-16 education professionals.
28 Nov 2013

A tribute to Jayne Carslake

Today we want to pay tribute to Jayne Carslake, who worked in TreeHouse School for many years, and recently lost her long battle with cancer and very sadly passed away.
21 Nov 2013

Children’s Minister Edward Timpson MP visits Ambitious about Autism

Children’s Minister Edward Timpson MP visited Ambitious about Autism today to meet young people with autism and speak to parents whose children are supported by its post-16 service Ambitious Support. He also met Cian Binchy, a Youth Patron for Ambitious about Autism.
15 Nov 2013

Digital Heroes 2013 raises £300,000

Over 200 guests packed into the Pavilion at the Tower of London for the TalkTalk Digital Heroes 2013 event which raised a record £300,000 for children and young people with autism and the Digital Heroes Foundation. The event featured a live auction hosted by Edward Rising, formerly of Sotheby’s, which generated over £70,000.
05 Nov 2013

Making an impact: Read out first annual Impact Report

We've created our first annual Impact Report to measure the progress that we've made since 2012. It shows how we've benefited the children and young people we serve through the generosity of our supporters.
04 Nov 2013

Ambitious about Autism to develop new autism awareness resource for mainstream vocational tutors

Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College is working in partnership with Ambitious about Autism in to develop a staff training resource to improve autism awareness amongst mainstream vocational tutors in colleges.
28 Oct 2013

Public consultation opens for the Rise School

We are delighted to announce that the Rise School, which will support children and young people with autism aged 4-19, will be co-locating with Feltham Community College in Feltham for a proposed September 2014 opening. A public consultation for the Rise School opens today, Monday 28 October 2013.
24 Oct 2013

Help the SEND Consortium design an online service to support parents to manage a personal budget

SENDirect will be an online national brokerage service which will support parents of children with SEND in managing a personal budget and help to develop the market of service providers. We've created an online survey to help us gain as much information as possible to inform our early development.
23 Oct 2013

Department for Education is consulting on new Special Educational Needs Code of Practice

The Department for Education wants to know what parents, young people and professionals think about their reforms to the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.
04 Oct 2013

Invitation to tender for Finished at School Project Evaluator

Ambitious about Autism would like to commission a project evaluator to research and report on the progression and impact of a new project. Between November 2013 and March 2015, the project evaluator will work to collect data, produce reports and case studies, engage with stakeholders and disseminate our work on the project.
03 Oct 2013

Asking the right questions: My experience at the Labour Party Conference 2013 by Genevieve Fletcher, Youth Patron

As a member of the Youth Council, Ambitious about Autism provided me with an opportunity to attend the Labour Party Conference, held this year in Brighton, with Kate Williams who is Head of Policy and Public Affairs.
01 Oct 2013

Ambitious about Autism awarded £10,000 grant for mobile development from Big Lottery Fund

We're delighted to announce that Talk about Autism has been awarded a £10,000 Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund. The grant will go towards developing the website and online forums to be fully accessible on mobile phones and tablets for visitors.
30 Sep 2013

New guide published on delivering the SEN reforms for 16-25 year olds

A new publication has been launched to help local areas improve their services and support for young disabled people – including those with autism. The guide is called 'Delivering support and aspiration for disabled young people' and was written by Preparing for Adulthood, with help from Ambitious about Autism.
27 Sep 2013

Over £190,000 raised by Rapha Bordeaux-Paris 2013 challenge ride

Rapha Racing has raised over £190,000 by hosting the Bordeaux-Paris race and an online auction for Ambitious about Autism. The Bordeaux-Paris 2013 Challenge featured 12 teams of four riders who completed the 617km route in less than 24 hours.
12 Sep 2013

Schools Report 2013: Teachers say it’s harder to access appropriate support for pupils with autism

Teachers in England think accessing specialist support for children and young people with autism has become harder over the last year. 60% feel they have not had the adequate training to teach these pupils.
11 Sep 2013

Bid on top money-can't-buy cycling goodies in Rapha online auction

Rapha and Ambitious About Autism are holding a very special online auction connected to Rapha’s Bordeaux-Paris Challenge to raise money for the charity until Tuesday 17 September.
05 Sep 2013

What's next for the Children and Families Bill?

The Children and Families Bill has now completed its journey through the House of Commons and will be debated in a committee of the House of Lords in the next few weeks.
04 Sep 2013

Post-16 education funding reforms for all young people come into force this autumn

Reforms to the way education is funded for all young people - including those with learning difficulties and disabilities up to the age of 24 - come into force this autumn.
03 Sep 2013

New grants announced for special educational needs teachers in Further Education

New grants of up to £9,000 will be available to people wishing to specialise in teaching 16-19 year olds with special educational needs (SEN), through a scheme announced by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) this month.
02 Sep 2013

Niamh Cusack is Ambitious about Autism’s new Ambassador

Actor Niamh Cusack – who finished her role as Siobhan in the Olivier Award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on 31 August – is a new Ambassador for Ambitious about Autism.
30 Aug 2013

Ambitious about Autism welcomes new NICE guidance on management of autism in children and young people

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published guidance on management of autism in children and young people. The guidance provides evidence-based advice to professionals who work with children and young people with autism and their families.
28 Aug 2013

Four colleges appointed to lead national transition project

Ambitious about Autism, working with nasen and the Association of Colleges, has appointed four colleges to lead the Finished at School Programme, funded by the Department for Education from April 2013 until March 2015.
09 Aug 2013

Watch The United States of Autism film free on our website on 28 August

Autism Film Club returns on Wednesday 28 August with a one-off screening of The United States of Autism, an American documentary that follows one man’s 11,000 mile journey across the US to visit 20 families affected by autism while searching for answers for his own son.
07 Aug 2013

Sophie Walker is Ambitious about Autism’s new Parent Patron

Ambitious about Autism has appointed writer Sophie Walker as our new Parent Patron. A former international journalist for Reuters news agency, Sophie started campaigning and raising autism awareness after her eldest daughter Grace was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.
02 Aug 2013

Invitation to tender for person-centred further education training programme

Ambitious about Autism would like to commission a training provider to provide a radical training input to a new person-centred further education project sponsored by the Department for Education.
23 Jul 2013

Tips for an autism-friendly summer

Summer is here so we’ve put together a list of tips for families and carers of children and young people with autism to get the most out of the holidays. Thanks to everyone on the Talk about Autism forums, Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit who shared their thoughts, experiences and suggestions – we really appreciate it. We hope you enjoy the holidays!
19 Jul 2013

Vacancy for Rise School Headteacher

We are recruiting for a Headteacher of the Rise School, a new special free school for children with autism aged 4 to 19 years based in West London opening in September 2014.
03 Jul 2013

Has your child spent time out of school?

Ambitious about Autism is currently researching why children and young people with autism spend time out of school. We need families to share their experiences with us by completing our online survey.

Malaysian Prime Minister’s wife visits Ambitious about Autism

Ambitious about Autism hosted an official visit from Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, and Datin Sri Hazizah Zakaria, wife of the Malaysian High Commissioner.
02 Jul 2013

A Curious Night at the Theatre raises £100k

Ambitious about Autism Ambassador Luke Treadaway, Jude Law and Coldplay’s Chris Martin helped raise £100k for the charity and The National Autistic Society at last night’s A Curious Night at the Theatre.

Four colleges to lead national transition project

Ambitious about Autism has appointed four colleges to develop new and innovative models of support to enable young people with autism to access education beyond school.
28 Jun 2013

Expression of Interest – SENDirect Pilots

The SEND Consortium is delighted to invite local authorities to express an interest in participating in a pioneering Department of Health and Department for Education funded project to develop SENDirect.
27 Jun 2013

Are you interested in becoming a Youth Patron for Ambitious about Autism?

We're looking for young people with autism aged 16-24 to join the Ambitious about Autism Youth Patrons team. The role of our Youth Patrons is to ensure that all the work we do here at Ambitious about Autism reflects the needs of children and young people with autism.
21 Jun 2013

We're delighted to announce the winner of our 'Autism is...' photography competition

We're delighted to announce the winner of our 'Autism is...' photography competition - James Desser with his photo 'The Beauty of Engineering'
19 Jun 2013

Bid on fantastic money-can't-buy auction prizes online now to raise money for autism

Bid on fantastic money-can't-buy auction prizes online now in aid of the A Curious Night at the Theatre autism fundraiser. Auction closes on Monday 1 July so get your bids in now!
17 Jun 2013

Parents and carers: Help to shape our strategy

As a valued supporter of the charity we would like you to have a say in how our strategy is developed by completing a short online survey.
10 Jun 2013

We will be at The Autism Show London on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June

We will be going to The Autism Show, at London's ExCel, on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June. Author’s Sheila Barton and Sophie Walker will be our special guests.
05 Jun 2013

Katy Lee elected to UK Society of Behaviour Analysis

Katy Lee, TreeHouse School’s Principal ABA Consultant, has been elected to the inaugural Board of Governors of the UK Society of Behaviour Analysis (UK-SBA).
03 Jun 2013

New faces at Ambitious about Autism

There have been a number of senior leadership changes at Ambitious about Autism.
22 May 2013

The Rise School gets approval by the Department for Education

We are delighted to announce that The Rise School has been granted approval to open in September 2014 by the Department for Education.
21 May 2013

A Curious Night at the Theatre fundraising event for Ambitious about Autism

Ambitious about Autism has some fantastic news for fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time! Ambitious about Autism Ambassador and Actor Luke Treadaway – who won a Best Actor Olivier Award for his portrayal of Christopher Boone in the play – is organising a spectacular theatrical event to raise money for us and the National Autistic Society.

Supporting learners with autism – an opportunity for colleges

Ambitious about Autism with the Association of Colleges and nasen are offering an opportunity for colleges and secondary schools to be involved in an exciting new project that will develop staff skills and capacity in order to support young people with autism in the transition from school to college.
09 May 2013

Olivier Award-winning actor Luke Treadaway is our new Ambassador

Actor Luke Treadaway - who last month won a Best Actor Olivier Award for his portrayal of Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - is a new Ambassador for Ambitious about Autism.
30 Apr 2013

Minister tells Pears Lecture statements of special educational needs will retain legal status

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson MP gave the keynote speech at the Pears Ambitious about Autism Annual Lecture 2013 on Monday 29 April at Portcullis House, Westminster.
25 Apr 2013

Our campaign to improve the Children and Families Bill

Ambitious about Autism is currently campaigning to influence the Children and Families Bill. The Bill is currently being debated by Parliament, if it becomes law, this Bill will radically change how young people with autism access services and support.
24 Apr 2013

Our response to Children's Commissioner for England's report into illegal exclusions

Read our response to Children's Commissioner for England's report into illegal exclusions, Always Someone Else's Problem.
23 Apr 2013

‘Autism is…’ Youth Patron photography exhibition launched at Apollo Theatre

Youth Patrons from Ambitious about Autism attended the official opening and celebration of their ‘Autism is…’ photography exhibition at the Apollo Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue, London.
22 Apr 2013

A huge thank you to all our Virgin London Marathon runners!

On Sunday 21 April, 19 runners completed the Virgin London Marathon 2013 to raise almost £30,000 for Ambitious about Autism. Some were marathon first-timers, others achieved personal bests; all of them are passionate about enabling children young people with autism to learn, thrive and achieve their potential.
11 Apr 2013

Irving Anderson joins our expert adviser team

Ambitious about Autism has appointed Irving Anderson to its expert advisers team. Irving Anderson is the chair of ParliAble, the Houses of Parliament Disability Network.

Results from our recent web satisfaction survey

Thanks to all of you who responded to our recent web satisfaction survey. We first launched the survey in September 2012 and this is the second time we have asked for your feedback.
04 Apr 2013

Autism Film Club launches to rave reviews - live Q&A with director tonight!

Autism Film Club launched yesterday (3 April) with Fly Away. Janet Grillo’s award-winning film attracted a large audience in 29 countries across the world including Mexico, Tunisia and China.
03 Apr 2013

Fly Away now screening

Autism Film Club has launched and the award-winning Fly Away is now streaming for a 24-hour period (until 9am BST on 4 April 2013) on the Ambitious about Autism website.

#AutismIs Twitter campaign shines on World Autism Awareness Day

An estimated 20,000 Twitter users were reached in Ambitious about Autism’s #AutismIs Twitter campaign to mark World Autism Awareness Day yesterday.
02 Apr 2013

Join our #AutismIs Twitter campaign on World Autism Awareness Day

For World Autism Awareness Day this year on 2 April 2013, Ambitious about Autism is planning a Twitter campaign called ‘Autism is…’ and we want you to join in!

Our Youth Patrons launch 'Autism is...' photography project

‘Autism is…’ photography exhibition brings together the unique experience and personal perspectives of seven young people with autism and what they think ‘Autism is…’ through photographing their everyday lives. These young people are Youth Patrons of Ambitious about Autism.
28 Mar 2013

Volunteer with Team Ambitious at the London Marathon

The London Marathon is one of the most prestigious of all road runs with most of the thirty five thousand runners raising millions of pounds for charity. On 21 April seventeen runners will participate in the Virgin London Marathon in aid of Ambitious about Autism, having collectively raised nearly £15,000 so far to transform the lives of children and young people with autism.

Youth Patron speaks at autism awareness event in Parliament

Ambitious about Autism Youth Patron David Nicholson spoke at an autism awareness event in Portcullis House, Westminster, earlier this month about his experiences of school, university and work.

Autism Schools Trust

Ambitious about Autism has a commitment to autism and learning disability education to improve outcomes in adulthood. Together with our partners Dimensions, we have established a new organisation – the Autism Schools Trust.
27 Mar 2013

Too Sane for this World – UK Premiere

On Tuesday 26 March we partnered with CRAE to host the UK premiere of Too Sane for this World, the award-winning film by William Davenport.
26 Mar 2013

Our new report: Our Lives in Your Hands

Our report Our Lives in Your Hands tells the stories of nine families affected by autism. The report sets out the families stories and highlights how the reforms proposed in the Children and Families Bill will impact them. The report is designed to help policy makers better understand the lives of the children and young people whose lives their decisions will affect.
25 Mar 2013

Childrens Minister Edward Timpson responds to Finished at School campaign supporters

Minister for Children Edward Timpson MP has responded to emails from Finished at School campaign supporters, setting out what more he will do to create support for young people aged 19-25 through the Children and Families Bill.
24 Mar 2013

Take action: Is your MP coming to our annual lecture?

We need as many MPs as possible to come along to our annual lecture on the 29 April, to hear young people with autism and their families explain what matters to them.
21 Mar 2013

Ambitious about Autism hosting a series of free transition seminars for parents and carers

Ambitious about Autism is hosting a series of free seminars for parents and carers of young adults with a learning disability, following the success of our Family Support season of live online Q&As.
15 Mar 2013

Read the transcript of our online Q & A with Dr Wendy Lawson

Dr Wendy Lawson, psychologist, counsellor, lecturer and author on the autism spectrum, took part in a live online Q & A with us on Thursday 14 March 2013. She answered questions about her life and perspectives on autism.

New national initiative to support young people with autism transition to college

Ambitious about Autism is starting a new national initiative to support clusters of school and further education colleges support young people with autism transition successfully into college.
08 Mar 2013

Join our next Talk about Autism online Q & A with Dr Wendy Lawson

Dr Wendy Lawson, psychologist, counsellor, lecturer and author on the autism spectrum, will take part in a live online Q & A with Talk about Autism on Thursday 14 March 2013 at 8-9pm GMT.
07 Mar 2013

Lord Storey visits Ambitious about Autism

Ambitious about Autism and TreeHouse School welcomed Lord Storey who visited on 6 March 2013. Lord Storey toured the school and learned about some of the vocational opportunities open to pupils.
05 Mar 2013

Join us for World Autism Awareness Month

Whether it’s hosting a coffee morning for friends, holding a dress-down day at work, becoming a Regular Giver, signing up to a challenge, volunteering at an event, making a one off donation online or by text, why not join us in raising vital awareness and funds this World Autism Awareness Month?
04 Mar 2013

UK premiere of Too Sane for this World - book your free tickets

Too Sane for this World will receive its UK premiere in central London on Tuesday 26 March 2013 and you can book tickets for free. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director William Davenport.
01 Mar 2013

Join Team Ambitious for our summer of cycling!

This summer Team Ambitious will be taking on a trio of exciting cycling challenges, and you could join us! We’ll be cycling to Paris with the support of Rapha; leaving London and peddling for Brighton beach; and following in the tread marks of Olympic champions as we take on Ride London.
20 Feb 2013

Take action to improve the Children and Families Bill: Email the Children's Minister!

Please email Children’s Minister Edward Timpson MP today and ask him to further strengthen the Children and Families Bill for young people with autism.

Tell Government what you think about the Children and Families Bill

A new online forum allows people to share their thoughts and ideas about the Children and Families Bill with the committee of MPs who will consider the Bill. You can share your personal experience of the SEN system, and suggest changes that should be made to the Bill.
19 Feb 2013

Children and Families Bill published

The Children and Families Bill, which is the legislation that will put the government’s SEN and disability reforms into action, was published on 5 February 2013.
12 Feb 2013

Social entrepreneur Charlotte Grobien donates £25,000 to Ambitious about Autism

Charlotte Grobien, a social entrepreneur, has donated £25,000 to support Ambitious about Autism’s youth participation work. The donation takes the amount to £1million Charlotte has given to different charities through her property development initiative Give it Away.
11 Feb 2013

New survey on finding the right services for a child with a SEN or disability

The SEND Consortium has published a new survey for parents or carers of children and young people who have a special educational need and/or a disability (SEND).
05 Feb 2013

Our response to the publication of the Children and Families Bill

Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism, responds to the publication of the Children and Families Bill.
31 Jan 2013

Ambitious about Autism needs your stories to influence SEN reforms

Ambitious about Autism is looking for young people with autism and their families to share their stories for a report we are writing to influence MPs. The report aims to influence ‘the biggest SEN reforms in a generation’ which are currently going through Parliament.
30 Jan 2013

Ambitious Support successfully inspected by Care Quality Commission

Ambitious about Autism’s new service providing care and support to young people aged 19–25 with autism has passed its first Care Quality Commission inspection.
22 Jan 2013

Response to the Metropolitan Police appeal against judgment by Judge Robert Nelson on autism case - ZH v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis (14 March 2012)

Read our response to the Metropolitan Police appeal against judgment by Judge Robert Nelson on autism case - ZH v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis.
15 Jan 2013

Capital FM presenters Pandora and Will Cozens visit TreeHouse School

Capital FM presenters Pandora and Will Cozens visited TreeHouse School to look at the Capital Sixth Form Learning Stations a year after they were launched.
03 Jan 2013

Two new expert advisers join the team

Ambitious about Autism has appointed two new advisers to its expert advisers team: Leo Capella, disability rights campaigner, and Dr Liz Pellicano, the new Director of the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE).
21 Dec 2012

Talk about Autism launches Family Support Season online Q & As

Talk about Autism is hosting a series of online Q&A sessions to support families with autism on the issues they care the most about. Entitled the Family Support Season, the live Q&As will launch on 16 January 2013 and run fortnightly until 30 February.
19 Dec 2012

MPs report backs our calls for better support for young disabled people beyond school

A cross-party group of MPs have published their report on the Government’s proposed special educational needs and disability reforms.
12 Dec 2012

Ambitious about Autism's response to Winterbourne review

Ambitious about Autism respond to ‘Transforming Care’, a report into the abuse uncovered at Winterbourne View Hospital.
11 Dec 2012

Join the Crouch End Festival Chorus on Saturday 15 December 2012

Come and join us in an evening of world-class music with the Crouch End Festival Chorus's concert: Sing Christmas! on Saturday 15 December 2012.
07 Dec 2012

New publication 'Finding My Voice: Learning Difficulties and Disabilities in FE' launched

The 157 Group and Natspec, both supporters of our Finished at School campaign, have published a collection of ten learner voices highlighting the experiences of learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
30 Nov 2012

Support our Finished at School campaign

Finished at School is a national campaign which aims 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.

Eight ways you can make a difference this Christmas

From taking part in a challenge event to becoming a regular giver, there are lots of exciting ways that you can help Ambitious about Autism this Christmas.

The Guardian choose us for Christmas appeal

We are delighted that Ambitious about Autism has been chosen as one of eight charities for The Guardian Christmas Appeal 2012.
28 Nov 2012

Ambitious musicians raise money for Ambitious about Autism

Two musicians have released an album and are donating some of its proceeds to Ambitious about Autism. James Christy, aged 22, and Adam Williams, aged 16, released the aptly-named Ambitious earlier this month on iTunes and Amazon.
21 Nov 2012

College Good Practice Guide launched

We have published a new guide called 'Creating inclusive colleges for learners with autism' which includes eight examples of how colleges across England are supporting learners with autism by implementing the points in the College Inclusion Charter.
19 Nov 2012

TreeHouse School receives ‘outstanding’ rating in Ofsted inspection

TreeHouse School has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. TreeHouse School is provided by the national charity for children and young people with autism Ambitious about Autism.
14 Nov 2012

Ambitious about Autism joins the Care and Support Alliance

This autumn Ambitious about Autism joined the Care and Support Alliance. The Alliance is a consortium of over 50 organisations that represent and support older and disabled people, including disabled children, those with long-term conditions and their families, and campaigns to keep adult care funding and reform on the political agenda.
13 Nov 2012

Finished at School supporters’ call on apprenticeships is heard

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson says he is ‘minded to’ change government policy to ensure young disabled people on apprenticeships can benefit from the support of an Education Health and Care Plan.
05 Nov 2012

Ambitious about Autism and Rapha Racing to resurrect classic Bordeaux-Paris cycle race

In September 2013, Ambitious about Autism and Rapha will join forces with Rapha Racing to resurrect the classic cycle race Bordeaux-Paris as a 24 hour cycle challenge. Find out how to register.
31 Oct 2012

Youth Patron Luke Dicker helps Lloyds Banking Group launch initiative to support disabled customers

Luke Dicker, Ambitious about Autism Youth Patron, helped launch a technological initiative to make banking easier for people with disabilities in the House of Parliament earlier this month.
23 Oct 2012

Youth Patrons photography masterclass to launch new creative project

Ambitious about Autism’s Youth Patrons attended an exciting creative session to launch their photography project on Saturday 20 October. The Youth Patrons are participating in the project to show the world what autism means to them and how having autism affects their lives.

Youth Patron photography masterclass review by Genevieve Fletcher

The day began with a look at inspirational and iconic images brought in by the Youth Patrons, Kayte and all those who attended. Youth Patrons were each given a camera with the ability to use both automatic and manual settings, and were shown how to use them with the benefit of many helpful tips.
19 Oct 2012

Night of Ambition raises £216,310 for autism

A huge thank you to everyone who attended last night’s Night of Ambition auction and gave so generously. The event, held at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London, was a huge success with £216,310 raised for children and young people with autism.
17 Oct 2012

Ambitious about Autism at Conservative Party Conference

Last week Ambitious about Autism’s policy team attended the Conservative Party Conference . The team met with a number of MPs to talk about the draft Children and Families Bill as well as update them on our Finished at School campaign.

Take action: Ask your MP to improve rights for young disabled people!

We need your help to get MPs to push for the strongest possible rights to support for young disabled people leaving school. Currently just 1 in 4 young people with autism go on to any education beyond school. Just 15% of adults with autism are in full-time paid work.

Lord Touhig visits Ambitious about Autism

Ambitious about Autism and TreeHouse School were delighted to welcome Lord Touhig who visited this week. Lord Touhig had a tour of the school and learned about some of the vocational opportunities open to TreeHouse School pupils.
15 Oct 2012

Ambitious about Autism helps launch guide to internet safety

Ambitious about Autism has worked with the charities Cerebra and Mencap to launch a new guide for parents to help keep their children with a learning disability or autism safe online.
12 Oct 2012

Results of our September 2012 website satisfaction survey

In September, we launched a survey on our website to ask visitors to give us their feedback about it. A big thank you to everyone who filled it in for us. Now you can read the results.
11 Oct 2012

Read our Youth Patron's Report From Liberal Democrat Party Conference

Ambitious about Autism Youth Patron Cerys Evans writes about attending Liberal Democrat Conference
09 Oct 2012

Listen to 'Re-thinking Autism' - A panel discussion on the DSM 5 changes

Last night Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism, spoke at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) panel discussion entitled ‘Re-thinking autism: Changes to the diagnostic criteria and their implications’.
08 Oct 2012

Parent Patron Matt Davis launches new autism blog

Ambitious about Autism Parent Patron Matt Davis is writing a new blog about what it is like raising a child with autism.
04 Oct 2012

Autism education Competency Framework launched

Ambitious about Autism has supported the development of the Autism Education Trust training programme which is currently being rolled out to schools across England. A key part of the programme is the development of a Competency Framework for professionals working with children and young people with autism aged 5 – 16 years old.
02 Oct 2012

Opportunity to tender: Evaluate our transition project

We are looking to appoint a consultant to evaluate the reach and impact of our transition project.
24 Sep 2012

Ambitious about Autism launches new Schools Report 2012

Ambitious about Autism has brought together a range of key statistics that illustrate how schools are performing for children and young people with autism in 2012.

Take our survey into services for young children with autism

The Institute of Education’s Centre for Research in Autism and Education, which Ambitious about Autism co-founded, is helping conduct a Europe-wide survey of services received by young children with autism and their families.

Ambitious about Autism Youth Patron meets MPs at Liberal Democrat conference

Ambitious about Autism Youth Patron Cerys Evans attended the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton yesterday, to help raise awareness of autism among MPs and councillors.
20 Sep 2012

Read the transcript of our live online Q & A with Daniel Tammet

Daniel Tammet, bestselling author and autistic savant, took part in a live online Q & A with Talk about Autism on 20 September 2012. Read the transcript.
19 Sep 2012

Presenter Sarah Cawood helps Ambitious about Autism celebrate its 15th birthday

Ambitious about Autism Ambassador and presenter Sarah Cawood officially launched our 15th birthday walk on Saturday 15 September 2012.
17 Sep 2012

Nicky Clark: Woodfer’s World Q&A

Our Q & A with Ambitious about Autism Parent Patron and disability campaigner Nicky Clark on why she is supporting our anti-bullying resource Woodfer's World.
06 Sep 2012

TalkTalk Business bike ride raises £13,000 for Ambitious about Autism

Enthusiastic cyclists from business telecom provider TalkTalk Business have raised £13,000 for Ambitious about Autism. Ambitious about Autism has worked in partnership with TalkTalk since 2002 and the sponsored ride is part of the company’s ‘Give Something Back’ scheme to encourage staff to volunteer to help charities.

Giving evidence to MPs about Special Educational Needs Reforms

The Education Select Committee, a group of MPs from all political parties, will be looking at the draft clauses of the Children and Families Bill that relate to special educational needs and are asking for evidence to help them scrutinise the reforms.
03 Sep 2012

Ambitious about Autism response to Children and Families Bill Draft Clauses

The Department for Education has published draft legislation to reform provision for children with Special Educational Needs. Read our response and tell us what you think.

Parent Patron Nicky Clark launches new anti-bullying teaching resource Woodfer's World

Nicky Clark, Parent Patron of Ambitious about Autism, is today launching a new anti-bullying teaching resource to help stop children with hidden disabilities being bullied at school.
15 Aug 2012

Read the transcript: Seth Mnookin discusses autism and MMR in online Q & A

Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy, took part in an online Q & A on our online community Talk about Autism on 15 August 2012. He answered questions about his book and the history of the autism and MMR vaccine debate.
10 Aug 2012

Parent Patron Sally Bercow interviewed in Woman’s Own

Sally Bercow, Ambitious about Autism’s Parent Patron, has been interviewed for Woman’s Own Summer Special magazine about having a son with autism and what the family do for their holidays.
10 Jul 2012

TreeHouse School celebrates 15th birthday in style

TreeHouse School, Ambitious about Autism’s specialist education service, celebrated its 15th birthday today. The special occasion was marked with a celebration for parents and staff and a birthday party for pupils, including face painting and wellington boot throwing.
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