Charity Registered charity no. 1107350 Member since June 2019 Donate now

About us

As the UK’s leading autism research charity, we exist to harness the potential of cutting-edge science to improve the lives of everyone affected by autism.

We were founded in 2004 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley, whose son Giles had autism.

Since our founding, we have funded the set up and development of some of the most important UK studies and scientific assets in autism, including the ASD-UK family database and the Autism Brain Bank.

We aim to give the autism community a voice in everything we do. We work with autistic people to understand their priorities for research so that we can make a difference at every stage of their lives. Through consultation and involvement we've made sure they don't just direct our funded research, but autism science across the UK.