Your Impact 

We need your support to help change lives

Autism is a lifelong condition. An estimated 1 in every 100 people is on the autism spectrum. Along with their family members, this means autism is a part of daily life for millions of people in the UK and Ireland. It is likely you know someone affected by autism – a family member, friend or colleague.

Walk for Autism supports projects run by Autism Initiatives Group a registered chiarity in England and Wales (1170634).  A registered charity in Ireland No. CHY17628.  Autism Initiatives UK is a registered charity in Scotland - SC040905 in England & Wales - 702632. in Isle of Man - 835 and in Northern Ireland (NIC104641).

We believe that every autistic person can learn and develop every single day. 

The money raised through Walk for Autism helps Autism Initiatives Group deliver a range of services throughout the UK and Ireland:

  • homes offering supported living
  • residential homes
  • community resource centres
  • free to access one stop shops
  • social enterprises offering work placements
  • schools
  • short breaks services
  • Further Education college.

Last year, Walk for Autism enabled us to support a number of projects such as:

  • Over 700 autistic adults in Scotland were able to access free support through Number 6 One Stop Shop.  
  • Specialist equipment was purchased in Northern Ireland to help non-verbal autistic people communicate.
  • Hundreds of parents of autistic children in England have benefitted from free training and support.

Your support is helping us

  • Understand the sensory needs of autistic children
  • Support autistic young people make friends and overcome loneliness
  • Help autistic adults develop life skills
  • Provide families with the support that they need

The funds from Walk for Autism support projects in the UK and in Ireland.

Ted Bourke – Director for Autism Initiatives Ireland said: “Money raised through Walk for Autism has had a lasting and positive impact. We are hoping Walk for Autism 2020 will be the best campaign yet, as we would love to use fundraised income to help generate more employment opportunities for autistic people in our communities.”

It is hoped that the charity will be able to use social enterprise to highlight and develop the skills and abilities that people on the autistic spectrum offer. The aim is also to promote the talent of some people who would consider self-employment, with the use of pop-up shops.

Eamonn Slevin, Director for Autism Initiatives Northern Ireland said: “We are investing in services for autistic people in Northern Ireland and need funds for specialist equipment that will help transform lives. Walk for Autism has provided vital funds to Northern Ireland projects since the campaign started two years ago and every step taken by those walking for autism across Ireland has made a difference to autistic people and their families locally.”

In Northern Ireland money from previous Walk for Autism campaigns has helped to give non-verbal autistic people a voice through the purchase of communication aides and has also enabled lifesaving defibrillator equipment to be more widely available.