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Understanding You, Discovering You

Understanding You, Discovering You

Peer support course for autistic young people aged 16-25

Do you have an autism diagnosis and aged between 16-25?

Would you like to know more about autism and where to find support?

Do you want to understand your own autistic identity in a supportive space with other young people?


Ambitious about Autism’s Youth Network and professionals have co-designed a new six-week online course to help you understand autism, explore your autistic identity, develop goals, and equip you with resources, in a guided peer support group. 

You will take part in online sessions with a small group of other autistic young people, led by ​​​​Ambitious about Autism staff.

About the course

Together in a group, we will explore: 

  • what autism is and the key terminology 
  • experiences  of being autistic 
  • how to explain autism to other people  
  • identifying your social needs 
  • where to find support and services 
  • problem solving and goal setting. 

We will do this with a flexible and accessible approach, which could include: 

  • informal group discussions 
  • interactive activities during and in-between sessions 
  • signposting to resources  
  • social time to get to know each other.

You can take part in the online sessions in whatever way is most comfortable for you, for example, by switching your video or audio on or off or using the chat function to communicate.  

You must say yes to the following statements to take part:

  • be aged 16-25 
  • have an autism diagnosis or awaiting an autism diagnosis  
  • be a UK resident
  • be able to read and speak English and to engage with the course 
  • be able to give informed consent 
  • have access to a computer or tablet with an internet connection and with Zoom installed to access the online course and engage with the interactive activities.


Participation is free of charge.


Upcoming course dates

Understanding You, Discovering You course

We have limited spaces for the pilot course taking place between July and October 2024. After this point, the pilot will end while we review evaluation and research findings. 

To express interest in the courses, please complete the sign-up form. 

Please note, if you are taking part in the ATAG study (in either the control group or have already taking part Understanding You, Discovering You) you cannot sign up for these courses. We will offer all ATAG study participants the chance to take part in the course. 

The course is six-week long. All sessions take place 5:30-6:45pm on Zoom. 


Course dates

  • Wednesday 24 July to Wednesday 28 August 2024 (fully booked)
  • Thursday 25 July to Thursday 29 August 2024 (fully booked)
  • Tuesday 17 September to Tuesday 22 October 2024 (age 18 and above)
  • Wednesday 18 September to Wednesday 23 October 2024 (age 18 and above)


For any questions, please email the programme team

Sign up for more information

To express interest in the course, please fill in the below form. We will check you are eligible to take part and be in contact with full details.  

Participant's under 18 years