Support Our Work

Support Our Work

Donating, fundraising, volunteering…

Thinking Autism is a charity run entirely by parents and family members of children and adults with autism. We have lived our lives in the trenches and know what others are going through.

The work our charity does assists thousands of families, but we receive no government funding. We operate on a very shoestring budget, with no plush offices or big expenses of any kind. At present time we are partly funded by the Big Lottery Fund, but we still depend on the work of volunteers and on individual donations.

Direct donations

If you’ve been helped by Thinking Autism, or you would like to support other autism families by helping us provide information and support to them, please consider making a small donation towards our work. Every contribution goes directly toward taking action!

If you are a UK taxpayer please fill in this form before you donate. This will enable us to claim Gift Aid from the governement, meaning we will receive 20% on top of your donation at no extra cost to you.

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By filling and submitting this form you confirm that you a UK taxpayer and that you would like us to treat all the donations you make, until you notify us otherwise, as Gift Aid donations

Corporate donations

It the organisation that you work for ever raises money for charitable causes, please lease consider nominating Thinking Autism in their next round! Alternatively, if the company your work for donates parts of their corporate profits to charitable causes, please do consider introducing our charity and the work we do as a worthy cause.

Thinking Autism has literally been a lifeline for our family, providing much needed information to help make our autism kids lives be the best they can be. The conferences are particularly inspiring and informative and have given us direction and a feeling of empowerment and community in what can often feel like a very isolated existence. It helps to give us the strength to keep calm and carry on finding out answers and supporting our fellow autism families.
(feedback from a parent)

Thinking Autism has helped our family more than anything else. Our son faced terrible problems with his bowel and allergies, and attending TA conferences has allowed us access to the information we needed to help him. The new comorbidities pamphlet is also helping doctors and health professionals better understand the emerging science around autism and the need to explore the health challenges our children face.
(feedback from a parent)

Fundraising

We always welcome donations raised through cake-sales, dare-devil challenges, birthday wishlists and similar opportunities. People who have benefited from our work, or those who simply like what we do, have swam the Channel, climbed the peak of Kilimanjaro, cycled around the country, played a non-stop no-repeats 36-hour DJ set (!), baked hundreds of cupcakes, and done many more challenging and rewarding things in order to raise money for our charity.

If you have an amazing fundraising idea and would like to talk to us about taking the next step to make it happen, do get in touch!

Volunteering

We are always looking for volunteers to grow and improve the things we do, to better support and serve those who benefit from our work. Even if all you have to spare is half an hour of your time once or twice a month, please do get in touch! You can either suggest the things to get involved with, or ask us what we are most in need of.

How do you contribution help – where we spend the money

The work that is being helped by your contributions goes towards maintain this website, organising and providing free publications, holding low-cost events: conferences for parents and professionals, country-wide roadshows and local support events, answering hundreds of emails by desperate parents, advocating government officials and professional bodies to improve care and support for people with ASD, plus a lot more.

Dear Thinking Autism, over many years I have been grateful that a charity like yours is there for help and support. The conferences are brilliant, with really good speakers telling us about things we can do to help our ASD children and about what is happening in the world of Autism research. There are also practical sessions that Thinking Autism provide at the conferences such as learning about therapies and seminars with therapists whose therapies can make a huge difference to ASD children’s lives, for example by increasing their communication abilities. Then there is the whole parent network, which is created by being able to attend the Treating Autism events. As parents we are often isolated and so it’s really good to be able to talk to other parents who are having similar problems. Finally when things go horribly wrong, I have been able to contact the team, who have been able to give support and valuable help. Keep up the good work, it is wonderful. .
(feedback from a parent)

Dear Thinking Autism, Just to let you know that information you provided had a positive outcome …The introduction of this intervention by our doctor (thanks in great part to information collected and passed on by Thinking Autism!) meant that in just five days our child showed a marked improvement in behavioural responses, a reduction in OCD rituals and rigidity, reduction in oral defensiveness enabling new foods to be introduced. Also lately we have seen a reduction in over responsiveness to everyday occurrences including phobias of harmless things i.e. flies, shop freezers. We are now able to take our child on shopping trips, to new activities without elaborate rehearsals and be more spontaneous, including giving them surprises as treats, going to various busy family fun activities and joining in the fun including a birthday party. … It was integral that we were able to evidence validity for this intervention use in our child. That was only possible through the documentation and referencing you provided. This intervention has given the whole family a better quality of life and more social opportunities to help develop our child, giving them the opportunity to just be a child like any other!  Thanks and Best Wishes, MA.

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