Our Principal Objectives
- To help and inform anyone who might come into contact professionally or personally, with adults, adolescents and/or children on the autism spectrum
- To give young people and adults on the autism spectrum the opportunity to speak about their lives and experiences to the benefit of others; to coach and support them to be speakers and trainers; to ensure they are paid for this work
- To enable professionals and families to gain the necessary understanding and knowledge to support and aid the development of the autistic children, adolescents and adults with whom they live and work
- To encourage and support the development of autism-specific services including opportunities for socialising, employment and realising personal potential
- To provide Autism awareness training and specialist, bespoke training by means of a team which includes trainers who are on the autism spectrum
- To raise public awareness of Autism
What we do
Autism Oxford brings together people who seek knowledge and understanding of the Autism Spectrum and autistic behaviour with those best able to impart it. We also signpost and support the development of autism-specific support services. We do this by means of:
- Offering information, useful ideas and contacts for people in the Oxfordshire area. Professionals from statutory and voluntary organisation, people on the autism spectrum, and their families are welcome to contact us.
- Developing the Autism Alert Card scheme for Oxfordshire.
- Providing support and coaching for new and young speakers with Autism, giving them the opportunity to tell their own stories and offer ideas and strategies to help others. If you live in or near Oxfordshire and are interested in telling people about living with Autism or Asperger’s syndrome, please contact us.
- Offering bespoke training sessions, tailored to the particular needs of each organisation. Our Training Team members are mostly people on the autism spectrum. This ensures that each session gives unique autistic professional and personal perspectives from the inside, with strategies that really work. The sessions also offer the opportunity to have questions answered and to have discussions with people who live life on the autism spectrum. To enquire about our Autistic Training Team, please contact us.
- Undertaking research and consultancy work on the needs of people on the Autism Spectrum and their family carers.
‘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 Conditions for professionals and family members. It is not a registered charity, but a small business organisation with social aims.
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’.