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The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for autistic people.

The National Autistic Society Scotland has a Highland Information Service based within The Pines. The Service responds to enquiries from parents and carers from across Highland, by telephone or email. The information service also supports The Pines Library resource and (along with Chip+) organises regular support sessions in Inverness. If you have any questions about autism please contact the service by telephone or email. We are here to help:

Telephone 01463 720056 or email highland.informationofficer@nas.org.uk



Other National Autistic Society Services:

NAS Moray and Nairn Branch
The NAS has a local branch managed by parent volunteers and which welcomes families from Highland. Membership is free, for details please see https://www.facebook.com/nasmorayandnairn



The NAS website is a world-leading online autism resource: www.autism.org.uk


NAS Helpline provides impartial and confidential advice: 0808 800 4104

NAS Parent to Parent Telephone Helpline: 0808 800 4106

NAS Education Rights Service: 0808 800 4102

NAS Welfare Rights Helpline: 0808 800 4104

NAS Autism Services Directory – an online source of information specific to your area. http://www.autism.org.uk/directory.aspx

NAS Membership If you would like to receive regular information on autism and receive the membership magazine sign up now at www.autism.org.uk/membership or call: 0808 800 1050.

You can also like the NAS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/autismscotland


ARGH (Autism Rights Group Highland)

ARGH is an Autistic People's Organisation, run by and for Autistic adults. (18+) We are a collective advocacy, lobbying and campaigning group and promote self-advocacy and access to quality Independent advocacy for all Autistic people. ARGH works locally and nationally including working in partnership with the Scottish Government as members of the Autism Strategy (Scotland) Governance Group. We are stakeholders for NICE guidelines relevant to autistic people. We also run a UK wide autism alert card scheme for adults and children. ARGH is an organisation which will: • Inform service providers about what autistic people really experience. • Campaign for better services for autistic people in the highlands and beyond. • Challenge stigma and discrimination through education about autistic strengths. For more information on membership, alert cards or meeting and event details please see: www.arghighland.co.uk  Email: info@arghighland.co.uk or telephone 01847 851743


For everyone to share experiences of everyday life with children with autism. www.ASDfriendly.org



Supports individuals on the autistic spectrum, their families and carers, and practitioners working in the field of autism. A hub of reliable and impartial information, signposting people to supports, resources and useful information. www.autismnetworkscotland.org.uk



Autism Initiatives Highland One Stop Shop is a service for adults aged 16+ with an autism spectrum condition living with Highland region. They provide scheduled drop ins, free social groups and activities as well as 1:1 appointments on a wide range of issues such as employment, relationships, benefits, etc. You can be kept updated through our monthly newsletter and activity calendar. If you would like to know more or arrange a visit please contact them by telephone: 01463 717649 or email: highlandoss@aiscotland.org.uk Web: www.highlandoss.org.uk



An organisation dedicated to enriching the lives of people with autism. Sharing their 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 people with autism.

They have eLearning programmes available throughout the year. www.scottishautism.org.uk




The Pines
Drummond Road,

01463 720 030