We are a blended team of peer support practitioners, nurses, speech and language and occupational therapists. Using lived experience alongside trained professionals knowledge, we provide diagnostic and clinical support, social prescribing and coaching and mentoring to autistic individuals and their support network to help achieve their potential.
We also offer training and service development support, to ensure autistic peoples needs are understood and adjustments are made to mainstream settings. We are great supporters of the Paula McGowan campaign to make autism awareness mandatory for health and social care settings.
Neurodiversity brings many strengths as well as challenges. We believe in exploring individuals’ strengths and using these to support people to live fulfilled and meaningful lives. At Autism Oxford UK we work using a strength based model to care and support.
Autism Oxford UK History
The name ‘Autism Oxford’ was first used by the Oxfordshire charity, ‘Children in Touch’, when they held their International Conference: ‘The Search for Coherence from the Fragments of Autism’ at Christchurch College, Oxford, in 1999. We are indebted to the late Sheila Coates and other trustees of Children in Touch and the conference organisers for agreeing to our use of the name ‘Autism Oxford’.
‘Autism Oxford’ was originally known as ‘Autism Speakers and Professionals’ which was founded in 2007 by Kathy Erangey in response to the need for high quality, affordable training on Autistic Spectrum Condition for professionals and family members. Running as a small business (limited company) with social aims.
In 2020 Kathy retired, and Autism Oxford UK was taken over by Kimberley Ashwin who is a parent of a young autistic young lady.
She has also worked in the NHS supporting autistic people, leading on the Greenlight Toolkit for Oxfordshire. She has been formally recognised for her work by being shortlisted for the National Learning Disability and Autism awards in 2018 and invited to speak at the house of parliament.
Autism Oxford UK continue to strive to ensure autistic people and their support networks are able to access the right support and the right time, while also promoting the benefits of autistic people being part of the workforce. We are a small business that is growing in number of employees but also in what we offer and function as a limited company.
We would love to help you in your life journey, whether that is at the start of your discovery journey, or you just need some support with a life challenge- we are here to help.
- Your Feedback Matters! May 18, 2022
- New Webinars added for June May 12, 2022
- Autism Oxford UK Nominated for the UK’ Largest Diversity Awards. May 9, 2022
- New Workshops April 19, 2022
- New Webinars added for May! April 6, 2022