HOPE for Autism is a charity focused on supporting the local community to embrace and support those with autism. By offering fun activity and social groups for children and young adults up to the age of 27 and providing support, training, and intervention to families, we affect positive change in the lives of those living with autism.

We offer a person-centred approach to enable people living with autism and their families to make positive contributions to their local communities, while providing information and promoting awareness and understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Through our dedicated range of staff and volunteers, we support over 230 families from North Lanarkshire.

We provide a commitment to our service users and our charity members, holding openness and accountability key values as we work to promote positive and inclusive lifestyles for individuals with ASD.

HOPE for Autism was established by a group of mothers who were unable to access the help they needed for their children in North Lanarkshire. In 2002 HOPE became a registered charity and established a support group for parents and carers. In June 2006 HOPE moved to the HOPE Centre in Chapel Street, Airdrie. HOPE is the most experienced third sector autism specific service offered in North Lanarkshire.

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“For autistic individuals to succeed in this world, they need to find their strengths and the people that will help them get to their hopes and dreams. In order to do so, ability to make and keep friends is a must. Amongst those friends, there must be mentors to show them the way. A supportive environment where they can learn from their mistakes is what we as a society needs to create for them”

Bill Wong, Autistic Occupational Therapist

The Mission Statement was revisited during the first quarter of 2016 and the new mission statement has been agreed and our underlying guiding values and principles articulated.

‘Hope for Autism will seek to empower families and the community to embrace Autism’

We achieve this by:

  • Helping the families
  • Offering support, training and interventions
  • Providing information and promoting awareness and understanding of ASD
  • Encouraging service users to maximise their potential

Our organisational values impact everything we do, every day, for every person who is in contact with HOPE for Autism. They help improve the way that we work by making us more responsive, effective and efficient.

  • A person-centred approach – to offer support to children, young people living with autism
  • Promoting positive and inclusive lifestyles – enabling people living with autism to make a positive contribution to their local community
  • Continuous quality improvement
  • Commitment to stakeholder involvement
  • Openness and accountability as an organisation