It is estimated that over 6,000 people in Bedfordshire have autism – a lifelong disability which profoundly affects how a person thinks, communicates and copes with the world around them. They suffer extreme anxiety on a daily basis because they find life confusing, unpredictable and constantly changing.
Autism Bedfordshire aims to break down the barriers to participation that people with autism experience by providing a range of social, educational and leisure activities to help them build confidence, self-esteem and learn skills so that they can lead more fulfilled and meaningful lives. We also support the families who feel exhausted, isolated and depressed and many say they would reach breaking point without our help.
Our children’s services include Saturday morning family support/activity groups, evening youth clubs for teenagers with Asperger Syndrome or high functioning autism, and our Summer Activity Schemes and supported trips.
Adult services include our Adult Skills Project – a weekly course teaching communication, social, employment and independence skills, social groups and an education/training programme. Information and advice is provided through our helpline, website, newsletter, library and training events. We also provide autism awareness training for organisations and their staff throughout the county.