THE NATIONAL AUTISTIC PEOPLE'S ORGANISATION
At least one in every one hundred UK citizens is autistic
This may be a conservative estimate
This means that there are 600,000 or more autistic people living in the UK
- 85% are not in full-time employment (50% of disabled people are in full-time employment and about 85% of non-disabled people are in full-time employment)
- 66% are not working at all (including in voluntary work)
- Over 60% rely on their family for financial support
- 33% have not income at all
- 40% of autistic children suffer bullying at school
- 70% of autistic people experience mental ill health in childhood
- About 75% have no friends or find it very difficult to make friends whilst 72% would like to spend more time in the company of other people
- Only 14% live independently
- Over 70% of those who do live independently have experienced bulling or harassment
- Autistic UK is an Autistic People's Organisation
The first national campaigning organisation in the UK run by autistic people
It aims to advance the interests of all autistic people and those with "related conditions".
It aims to promote and protect the civil and human rights of the autistic population and to campaign for the enforcement of the legislation which guarantees our rights.
It aims to increase understanding of autistic people and their differences and needs and works to improve services, facilities and conditions for autistic people.
It offers information, support and informal advice to those with a neurological difference.
It does not seek to represent autistic people; it aims to ensure that autistic people have the opportunity to represent themselves.
It seeks to establish the mechanisms and processes which will empower autistic people to be able to represent themselves.
Autistic UK envisions Autistic People's Organisations (APOs) in every locality in the UK, independent autonomous groups able to use the umbrella of Autistic UK to come together into a national network.
Autistic UK recognises that many autistic people are unable to represent themselves (or will experience great difficulty in doing so) and recognises the importance of carers, family members, friends and supporters of autistic people.
Autistic UK welcomes these non-autistic people as associate members.
Autistic UK believes in strength through unity and that there is much common ground to be found in the factionalised world of autism.
Join us and help to explain what it means to be autistic to those in power who need to know
Autistic UK aims to;
- Promote the civil and human rights of autistic people
raise awareness of autism and "related conditions"
- Improve services, facilities and conditions for autistic people
- Encourage the involvement of autistic people in the commissioning, design, delivery and evaluation of the services used by autistic people.
- Campaign for the enforcement of the legislation and guidance which guarantees us involvement
- Develop mechanisms, structures, procedures and processes by which statutory agencies may involve and engage with autistic people.
- Establish and support local, regional and sub-regional user-led organisations with aims similar to Autistic UK.
Autistic UK works to promote;
- The involvement of autistic people in statutory sector strategic planning at all levels and in all areas
- The involvement of autistic people in the development and delivery of third sector services (e.g. autism "awareness training")
- The establishment and recognition of the "fifth sector" which includes genuinely independent disabled people's organisations
- Opposition to the stereotyping of autistic people
- The social model of disability as well as cultural and affirmative models of difference and ability which includes the cultural model of autism
- The recognition that there is a "hierarchy of disabilities" and a "hierarchy of impairments" within "disability" and works to challenge that inequity
- The recognition that there is an inequality of status between the seven "equality strands"
- Social inclusion and independent and inclusive living
- The concept of "Neurodiversity"