Who we are

In 1968 a group of parents established The Wirral Society for Autistic Children, which was the forerunner for our organisation today. Autism Together has grown from providing support to people with autism, to providing a wide range of living options, day services and community support to people from all over the UK.

Our Ethos

Research shows that special education and structured support can really make a difference in the life of a person with autism.

No two people with autism are affected the same way so at Autism Together we work with each individual person to help them overcome or soften the impact of these difficulties, to enable the person to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life.

As a specialist provider of support to individuals with autism, Autism Together recognises that each person has a right to live their life as they determine. In recognising this right we create a shared understanding of each person’s strengths and needs and ensure that the individual’s preferred way of communicating these are respected and implemented by all our staff.

Our philosophy remains firmly rooted in the belief that:

We begin with what people can do, not with what they can’t do by listening to the person with autism and acknowledging that they are the expert in their autism.

Our support begins with the person and a shared understanding of what is important to them, and what their strengths and needs are.

Our support approaches are individualised so that staff can communicate in different ways depending on each person’s communication needs. Staff are all consistent in the way they use communication strategies with individuals.

People with autism can and do learn and change and our support approaches are focussed on developing life long learning.

Our autism strategies help people develop skills by taking into account their communication needs, thinking patterns, social understanding and sensory differences.

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Our charity’s 50 anniversary year gives us an opportunity to pause for a moment and reflect on how far society has travelled in its understanding of autism. Undoubtedly, our knowledge of the condition has increased in leaps and bounds. This report reveals the action we have taken to support those on the spectrum over the last year and our plans for the years ahead.


Now Autism Together has taken an even more pro-active approach, with the work that we have been doing over the last few years and with the launch of the Future 50 Appeal. We are no longer waiting to see what happens and responding to the future, we are taking control and shaping it for ourselves


A ‘Family Special’, our lead article is an interview with former Hollyoaks star Nicole Barber-Lane and her son Ben, who has autism.
Wirral dad Carl Rice talks to us about how his son’s autism diagnosis affected his family and we go ‘behind the scenes’ of Autism Together’s recent big-screen commercial. Other articles include a look at PBS in practice, news on our latest Autism Champions and a fundraising update…

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