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We campaign for better educational provision for children and young people with autism. There are many other groups that work hard on behalf of disabled children and young people, and it makes sense for us to work together on some issues.

Here are some of the organisations we work with…


Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust

The Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust is a multi-academy trust that runs and supports the development of new special schools to enable children with autism to learn, thrive and achieve.

It was previously know as the Autism Schools Trust. The Trust is led by an experienced team of people passionate about education being the path to transform life chances of children and young people with autism.


The Rise School

The Rise School educates and supports children and young people with autism, aged 4-19 years, enabling them to access a broad and challenging curriculum alongside mainstream pupils.

It was the first school set up by the Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust in September 2014.

The SEND Consortium
The SEND Consortium was established in 2011 to meet the growing and changing needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families. It is formed of a group of charities which are working together to ensure these children and young people and their families get the support they need to thrive.

The Consortium produced SENDirect, a major on-line portal funded by the Department for Education and the Department of Health for parents and carers to search for and purchase services.

Ambitious about Autism is a funding partner of the Consortium and Jolanta Lasota is the Chair.

All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA) is one of the largest all-party groups in Parliament. It’s made up of backbench MPs and Peers (members of the House of Lords) who have an interest in autism and want to lobby the Government to improve autism services.


Autism Alliance UK

Autism Alliance UK brings together organisations that work to improve opportunities for people with autism. By encouraging dialogue among people who are working in autism, the Alliance promotes best practice, encourages personal development and provides support.

As the network grows it plans to expand the programme of meetings to include people involved in areas such as policy and campaigns, fundraising, care provision and community and family support.


The Autism Education Trust

The Autism Education Trust (AET) is funded by the Department of Education (DfE) and was founded by Ambitious about Autism, The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) and The National Autistic Society (NAS). The AET is a partnership of organisations with an interest in autism and works to improve education for children with autism.

Ambitious about Autism is a member of the Programme Board and has been appointed as a Training Hub for the AET.


Autism Europe

Autism Europe is an international association whose main objective is to advance the rights of persons with autism and their families and to help them improve their quality of life.

The association ensures effective liaison among more than 80 member associations of parents of persons with autism in 30 European countries, including 20 Member States of the European Union, governments and European and international institutions.


The Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE)

The Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) is a partnership between the Institute of Education (IOE) and Ambitious about Autism.

CRAE was established in 2009 to improve the research evidence available to support effective intervention for children and young people with autism. Together we work to produce research that will influence health and education policy and practice in the UK and internationally.


The Communication Trust

The purpose of the Communication Trust is to raise awareness of the importance of speech, language and communication among people who work with children. It also works to ensure practitioners have access to the best training and expertise to support all children’s communication needs. We know that children with autism currently struggle to get the speech, language and communication support they need, which is why Ambitious about Autism is an active member of the Communication Trust.


The Council for Disabled Children (CDC)

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector in England, with links to other UK nations. They are the only national body that brings together the diverse range of organisations that work with and for disabled children to support the development and implementation of policy and practice.

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