29 Nov 2013
Ambitious about Autism has been appointed by the Autism Education Trust to develop and deliver training to post-16 education professionals.
28 Nov 2013
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 - James Desser with his photo 'The Beauty of Engineering'
19 Jun 2013
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
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 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, 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
There have been a number of senior leadership changes at Ambitious about Autism.
22 May 2013
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Read our response to Children's Commissioner for England's report into illegal exclusions, Always Someone Else's Problem.
23 Apr 2013
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
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
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.
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 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
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.
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
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!
‘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
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.
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.
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
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 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
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
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 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism, responds to the publication of the Children and Families Bill.
31 Jan 2013
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 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
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 visited TreeHouse School to look at the Capital Sixth Form Learning Stations a year after they were launched.
03 Jan 2013
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 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
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 respond to ‘Transforming Care’, a report into the abuse uncovered at Winterbourne View Hospital.
11 Dec 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
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
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.
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.
We are delighted that Ambitious about Autism has been chosen as one of eight charities for The Guardian Christmas Appeal 2012.
28 Nov 2012
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 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
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
Ambitious about Autism Youth Patron Cerys Evans writes about attending Liberal Democrat Conference
09 Oct 2012
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
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
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
We are looking to appoint a consultant to evaluate the reach and impact of our transition project.
24 Sep 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.
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 Cerys Evans attended the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton yesterday, to help raise awareness of autism among MPs and councillors.
20 Sep 2012
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
Ambitious about Autism Ambassador and presenter Sarah Cawood officially launched our 15th birthday walk on Saturday 15 September 2012.
17 Sep 2012
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
07 Aug 2012
Ambitious about Autism is supporting the Every Child in Need campaign following the Government’s proposals to change the legal framework protecting the assessment of vulnerable children in need. All children with disabilities are legally classified as children in need.
31 Jul 2012
Ambitious about Autism Youth Patron Cian Binchy met some of the cast of the National Theatre’s play about autism, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, to tell them about his life and his perspective on having autism.
10 Jul 2012
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.