Dame Stephanie Shirley

We know that 1 in 100 of the UK population is autistic.
And we know that autism brings both strengths and challenges.
But there's lots we don't know.

Autistica is the UK's national autism research charity. They exist to give every autistic person the chance of a long, happy, healthy life. They do this by funding research, shaping policy and working with autistic people to understand their needs.

How can research make a difference?

Right now, too many autistic people face poor outcomes. Research shows that autistic people face poor mental and physical health throughout their lives, much higher rates of early death, one of the highest rates of unemployment in society and limited social inclusion. Research involving autistic people and families is the best way to improve understanding, find new ways to support people, and change lives for the better.

Autistica are making more of a difference by:

  • Funding, shaping and growing research across the UK
  • Developing new therapies
  • Campaigning for better services and shaping national policy
  • Sharing evidence-based tools, resources and information

Autistica receives no Government funding, so relies on charitable donations to support their lifechanging and life-saving research.

Autistica was founded by Dame Stephanie Shirley in 2004 to change outcomes for people like her son Giles who sadly died of epilepsy in 1998 aged 35. Epilepsy is one of many conditions that often co-exists with autism and needs better understanding and treatment. Autistica is pioneering work in the overlap between epilepsy and autism, and in many other co-occurring conditions.


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