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About Us

Scottish Autism is an organisation dedicated to enabling autistic people to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Established in 1968 by a group of parents, we are now the largest provider of autism-specific services in Scotland and a leading authority and advocate for good autism practice.

We exist to help those diagnosed with autism to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives and be recognised as valued members of the community they live in.

We also seek to share our knowledge and expertise with parents, carers and other professionals in order to support the development of skills and strategies needed to provide the best care and support for autistic people.

Building partnerships locally, nationally and internally provides us with the exciting opportunity to learn and share our knowledge of good autism practice with other countries. Our Deputy CEO, Charlene Tait, is on the Council of Administration for Autism-Europe. This is an association gathering almost 90 national and regional organisations advocating for the rights of autistic people from 30 European countries.

Using the EFQM Excellence Model, we were delighted to achieve the Recognised for Excellence 5 Star Award in June 2019. We also won the Scottish Award for Business Excellence which is awarded to the highest scoring 5 star organisation in Scotland each year

Our Services

With a head office in Alloa and over 900 staff working across Scotland, we offer a large range of services for autistic people including education, day and vocational opportunities, supported living, outreach, respite and specialist transition support.

Find out more about Our Services.

We are committed to providing the best possible services for autistic people. Our organisational quality improvement is driven by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) which enables us to conduct regular comprehensive reviews of our activities and to identify areas for improvement. Using the EFQM excellence model, we were delighted to achieve the Recognised for Excellence 4 Star Award in June 2017. We are also featured on the EFQM Global Index which recognises the world’s best performing organisations on their journey to sustainable excellence. 

Find out more about our Commitment to Quality