Face Covering Exemption

30 July 2020
Find our printable explanation sheet and card for face covering exemption here.

12 Tips of Christmas

16 December 2019
Here are 12 tips to help you and your family enjoy an autism-friendly yuletide.

The Umbrella Group

11 November 2019
A parent led support group for parents and carers of children and young adults with ASD

AFC Bournemouth - Superstore Sensory Hour

19 August 2019
AFC Bournemouth is becoming more autism friendly with the introduction of a Superstore Sensory Hour.

Anonymous Blogger - Part Five

14 August 2019
Our anonymous blogger is an autistic academic who was diagnosed later in life, we'll be sharing her story in blog posts, read part five here.

Anonymous Blogger - Part Four

7 August 2019
Our anonymous blogger is an autistic academic who was diagnosed later in life, we'll be sharing her story in blog posts, read part four here.

Anonymous Blogger - Part Three

31 July 2019
Our anonymous blogger is an autistic academic who was diagnosed later in life, we'll be sharing her story in blog posts, read part three here.

Anonymous Blogger - Part Two

24 July 2019
Our anonymous blogger is an autistic academic who was diagnosed later in life, we'll be sharing her story in blog posts, read part two here.

National Autistic Society - Finding Employment

22 July 2019
National Autistic Society have created a new employment module designed to support autistic adults and young people into employment.

Anonymous Blogger - Part One

17 July 2019
Our anonymous blogger is an autistic academic who was diagnosed later in life, we'll be sharing her story in blog posts, read part one here.

Dorset HealthCare Engagement Event

4 June 2019
Would you like to have your say on how Dorset HealthCare run their health services in the future?

JP Morgan's Autism at Work Familiarisation Sessions

31 May 2019
Learn more about the roles they have, and how the Autism at Work program can support you.

Forest School Faces and Bugs

8 May 2019
See what Classes 3 and 4 have been up to in their Forest School lessons!

Accept My Autism - Richard's Story

29 April 2019
We're sharing Richard's story as part of our Accept My Autism campaign

Wareham Library Autism Friendly Hour

25 March 2019
Join Wareham Library for an earlier opening and discover the library in a quieter, more relaxed environment.

The Umbrella Group

13 March 2019
A parent led support group for parents of children and young adults with ASD

Accept My Autism

20 February 2019
Accept My Autism is our brand new campaign to mark World Autism Awareness this April, kindly sponsored by Williams Thompson Solicitors LLP

This is Me

28 December 2018
Our staff and students at Portfield School have been busy putting together a very special sign-along version of a well known song this Christmas

Welcome to our New Chair and Vice Chair of Trustees

29 November 2018
We’re delighted to announce that Malcolm Farrell has been appointed to the position of Chair of our Board of Trustees and Martin James to Vice Chair

The Umbrella Group - Next Session

20 November 2018
The Umbrella Group is a parent led support group for parents of children and young adults with ASD.

Our Impact Report 2017/18 is here

20 November 2018
See a snapshot of our year

Join us for our Christmas Carol Service

1 November 2018
We're marking the end of our 50th Birthday celebrations with a festive filled Carol Service this December

Become More Autism Friendly...this Christmas

31 October 2018
We want to get shops and leisure businesses across the Wessex region thinking and talking about autism.

Lighthouse Announces Upcoming Autism Friendly Performances

2 October 2018
Lighthouse in Poole has announced two Autism Friendly performances this Autumn/Winter

Mind Sense Ability Launch a new Girls Group

2 October 2018
Mind Sense Ability are launching a new Girls Group called WaveLength

#BeHeard #WeHeard Co-Design Event - You're Invited

18 September 2018
NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group is inviting people to the #BeHeard #WeHeard Co-Design Event on 23rd October 2018

NHS England Announces Autism as Clinical Priority over the next 10 years - Have Your Say

11 September 2018
Did you know that NHS England has announced that autism will be a clinical priority over the next 10 years? Now it's time to have your say..

​The Girl with the Curly Hair Project

11 September 2018
The Girl with the Curly Hair Project has some workshops in Lyndhurst and an Autism Learning Day in Brockenhurst coming up.

The Umbrella Group: Next Sessions

6 September 2018
​The Umbrella Group is a parent led support group, for parents of children and young adults with ASD.

Our 50th Birthday Event

5 September 2018
Hundreds of staff, supporters and members of the community joined us to celebrate our 50th Birthday.

NHS Project: Ask, Listen, Do

11 July 2018
The Ask Listen Do project for people with learning disabilities and/or autism and their families and carers

Adult Lego Club

11 July 2018

Adult Lego Club

We're 50!

4 July 2018
Join us and celebrate our 50th anniversary year!

UCLan survey

28 June 2018

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is looking for people to complete a survey.  

Songs for a Summer Evening - relaxed performance

7 June 2018
Dorchester Choral Society presents Songs for a Summer Evening ​- a relaxed performance.


7 June 2018
Do you have a daughter with autism?

Bournemouth Parent Carer Forum

30 May 2018
Preparing for adult transitions seminar

New training programme aimed at parents & carers

30 May 2018

We are delighted to announce new training programme aimed at parents & carers.

Parenting Through the Senses

23 May 2018

Parenting Through the Senses is an interactive, informative and practical course run by MindSenseAbility, an aspergers and autism therapy and diagnosis centre based in Sowley.

We're moving!

23 May 2018
We are moving offices to Charity Hub, Portfield School, Parley Lane, Christchurch, BH23 6BP

Silence for autism

17 May 2018
A sponsored silence for autism awareness.

Mental Health Awareness Week

16 May 2018
This year Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May) is focusing on stress.

Sensory Packs at AFC Bournemouth

1 May 2018
AFCB have launched sensory packs to try to make the match day experience more accessible and enjoyable for fans with autism and other disabilities.

Lesley Waters Cooks Up a Treat for Carers

1 May 2018
Celebrity chef Lesley Waters has opened up her Cookery School to host a very special event for parents and carers of children with autism.

50 reasons why Drop-in Group is great!

26 April 2018

To mark our 50th anniversary our Drop-in Group members have shared thoughts on what Drop-in Group and our Information & Advice service mean to them!

Autism & Physical Health Survey from University of Cambridge

25 April 2018

If you are 16 years old or older, and are autistic or not, The University of Cambridge is asking people to complete an anonymous survey about physical health and family medical history. 

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Relaxed Concert

12 April 2018

On Sunday 3rd June Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is hosting a relaxed performance of the best-known pieces of classical music in an informal setting at Lighthouse, Poole. 

Middle Path Residential Home is Awarded ‘GOOD’ CQC Rating

5 April 2018

We are delighted to have received a ‘GOOD’ rating after an unannounced Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection at one of our 8 adult residential homes, Middle Path in Crewkerne, Somerset. This latest inspection means that all of our residential homes have a ‘GOOD’ rating.

Yeovil Library Well-being Zone

3 April 2018

Yeovil Library have set an amazing example raising awareness and providing important resources for people with autism and their families.

It’s Time to Put Autism in the Spotlight

27 March 2018

Our ambassador, Sophia Grech has forged a career as an Opera singer to international acclaim, performing in front of Royalty and Presidents. 

Schools' Autism Awareness Week

22 March 2018

It's Schools' Autism Awareness Week from 26th to 29th March.

National Autistic Society - Women & Girls on the spectrum

22 March 2018

National Autistic Society have launched a free training module about women and girls on the autism spectrum.

The Umbrella Group: Next Sessions

15 March 2018

The Umbrella Group is a parent led support group, for parents of children and young adults with ASD. 

New Charity Partnership with Haskins

15 March 2018

Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown has chosen us as its charity partner for 2018. We will benefit from the support of the centre’s staff and customers in our milestone 50th Birthday year.

Free respite retreat for parents and carers

14 March 2018

We have a limited number of places available for parents and carers who support someone with autism to attend a respite retreat with celebrity chef and friend of the charity Lesley Waters.

Why should you host a Big Brekkie?

14 March 2018

There are so many reasons to sign up for a Big Brekkie!

Autism Wessex Social Hub

11 March 2018

Our first Social Hub of 2018 gave attendees the chance to enjoy a range of different sporting activities. As well as a hockey game, there was a rounders match and hurdle relay races.

Full Spectrum Awareness

8 March 2018

The National Autistic Society has launched a new resource, Full Spectrum Awareness.

Chatterboxes celebrating World Autism Awareness Week

6 March 2018

The Chatterboxes are celebrating World Autism Awareness Week!

SEND Information Day

6 March 2018

SATURDAY 24 MARCH 2018 from 10.00am to 3.00pm at Noadswood School, Dibden Purlieu SO45 4ZF

Special Offer: parent places at Tony Attwood Event

6 March 2018

Witherslack Group is supporting Autism Oxford with their upcoming ‘Attwood on Aspergers & Autism’ event on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th May 2018.

Accessible Activity Day at Moors Valley

28 February 2018

Moors Valley is marking the start of a three-year project to further develop inclusivity with a Accessible Activity Day!

Lessons learnt as a parent of a university student with autism

21 February 2018

By Julia Stewart, volunteer at Autism Wessex

Join our Big Brekkie campaign!

21 February 2018

We have an even bigger reason to celebrate our annual Big Brekkie campaign! Every April, we ask supporters to host a fundraising breakfast to highlight World Autism Awareness Day and this year it's also our 50th birthday!

Gillingham meeting for people with ASC

21 February 2018

Do you have a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome or an Autism Spectrum Condition?

Umbrella Group

21 February 2018

The Umbrella Group is a parent led support group, for parents of children and young adults with ASD. 

Information & Advice Team to attend Big Information Event 2018

14 February 2018

Come down and meet our Information and Advice team at the Dorset Parent-Carer Council's Big Information Event 2018.

Family Support and Activities at Linwood School

14 February 2018

Linwood School is offering a variety of family activities for children with Special Education Needs and Disability. 

Thumbs Up!

8 February 2018

Big Thumbs Up to Paul Howard and Tesco!

February Fun at The Waverley

1 February 2018

Join in with the fun February at The Waverley.

Agents of Change programme

1 February 2018

The Agents of Change programme is starting on 19th February for 16 to 18 year olds.

The Girl with the Curly Hair Project

1 February 2018

The Girl with the Curly Hair Project has some workshops in Dorset in the next couple of months.

AFCB Disability Focus Group

30 January 2018

AFC Bournemouth are delighted to announce that, for the fourth season running, a disability focus group will be held at Vitality Stadium.

​Personal Independence Payments

30 January 2018

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims

Winward Drop-in Sessions

30 January 2018

Winward Day Services have drop-in sessions on the last Friday of each month.

SEND Information Day

30 January 2018

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Day


25 January 2018

Joe, Caretaker at TA Centre Dorchester has been awarded a 'Thumbs Up' Award! 

Making It Real Forum

25 January 2018

This is your invitation to attend Dorset County Council’s Adult Social Care Making It Real Forum to be held:

How do individuals on the autism spectrum perceive emotion in music?

25 January 2018

A student of Psychology at the University of Glasgow is currently running a research study as part of a degree.

Parent Support and Information Sessions

24 January 2018

Sessions for parents and carers of children and young people with autism and associated difficulties the chance to meet others and gain expert information and advice in an informal, friendly setting.

Somerley Run Kicks Off 50th Birthday Celebrations in Style

11 January 2018

Hundreds of runners joined us on 6th January at our annual 10km and fun run at the Somerley Estate in Ringwood, marking the start of the charity’s 50th Birthday year. 

The Sky’s the Limit

11 January 2018

Stuart, a resident at Middle Path Home, is celebrating overcoming his fear of heights by successfully completing an abseil. With the dedicated support of staff, he made the fantastic achievement on an activity holiday at the Calvert Trust in Exmoor.


10 January 2018

You may have heard already, we are celebrating our 50th anniversary this year! Over the year you can celebrate with us!

You can raise money for us when you sell on ebay

10 January 2018

Did you know you can raise money for us when you sell on ebay? 

Dorset Care Record – Better Informed Means Better Care

10 January 2018

At present, health and social care organisations in Dorset hold different sets of records about you. 

The Umbrella Group

10 January 2018

We are a parent led support group, for parents of children and young adults with ASD. 

Tony Attwood: Skills and Strategies for ASD

9 January 2018

Skills and Strategies for ASD, 9th May, 2018, St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton with world ASD expert Professor Tony Attwood.

Co-op Dorchester raise £2,555.38!

20 December 2017

Thank you to all the customers from Co-op Dorchester, Co-op Funeralcare Dorchester and Co-op Crossways Food for donating to us in the Local Community Fund. We have received over £2,000 to help us fund our Dorchester Drop-In Group.

Extra Festive Cheer with Generous Carol Service Match

12 December 2017

Hundreds of people joined us at the Christchurch Priory for our annual Carol Service on 5th December. 

Atypical on Netflix

6 December 2017

By Jon Leavitt

Barnes Lane Resident Danny Takes Huge Step Forward

6 December 2017

Danny, a resident at Barnes Lane, is making exceptional progress thanks to the collaboration and dedication of staff teams.   

Autism Awareness on International Stage

5 December 2017

Our Ambassador Sophia Grech was recently invited to speak at Inservice Autisme, an international autism conference in Oostmalle, Belgium.

Pupil at Portfield School receives a donation for a piece of art

5 December 2017

Kai, one of the pupils at Portfield School, has received a donation for a piece of art he created as part of a World War 1 topic.

Tony Attwood Conference

28 November 2017

Save the date! 9th May 2018.

Weekly Themed Workshops from Bournemouth Parent Carer Forum

28 November 2017

Bournemouth Parent Carer Forum host weekly themed workshops on Thursday's from 6.30 - 8.30pm. 

Asperger’s World: My Fairy Jam Jar

22 November 2017

Joely Colmer is an award winning, local author with Asperger’s Syndrome. 

Join TEAM 50 & sign up for Somerley Winter Run

22 November 2017

We are hosting our annual 10km and fun run at the Somerley Estate in Ringwood on Saturday 6th January, kick starting our 50th Birthday celebrations!

Young Cherries Fan Scores Autism Awareness Goal at AFC Bournemouth

9 November 2017

A young football fan has played a key part in raising awareness of autism at Premier League side AFC Bournemouth. 

International Opera Singer Celebrates Autism Ambassador Appointment

31 October 2017

Internationally renowned opera singer Sophia Grech is celebrating her new role as an Ambassador for Autism Wessex by performing at our Carol Service this December.

Artisan Autism Art group

30 October 2017

The Artisan Autism Art group has been running for some years and is based at the the Artisan Community Art Studio in Recreation Road, Branksome, Poole, BH12 2EA

Disability Cricket Sessions in Somerset

19 October 2017

Here are some 'Disability Cricket Sessions' in Somerset from the Somerset Cricket Board.

Don't Miss Chris Packham on BBC2 tonight!

17 October 2017

Tune into BBC2 at 9.00pm and watch 'Asperger's and Me' with Chris Packham.

All cast of the new CBeebies show, Pablo, are on the autism spectrum

17 October 2017

There is a new TV show called Pablo on CBeebies and the central character and cast are all on the autism spectrum.

Friend Request

12 October 2017

Do you have a passion for trains and want to share your interest?

Harry Redknapp Kick Starts our Autism Friendly Football Campaign

11 October 2017

We are delighted to announce that we are teaming up with our Ambassador Harry Redknapp to launch a campaign to make football more autism friendly. The Autism Friendly Football campaign will support football clubs to make small changes that will make a big difference to anyone affected by autism.

Drop-in Group member, Dan, visits Bournemouth Film & Comic Con

10 October 2017

Dan Palmer, a member of our Bournemouth Drop-in group, talks about his experience at Bournemouth Film and Comic Con.

Happy World Teacher's Day

5 October 2017

An inspirational teacher will have a lasting positive impact on our lives. If we are lucky we will all have been positively influenced by at least one passionate, dynamic, inspirational teacher. If we are really lucky our children will experience such a life changing encounter for themselves.

We have a new CEO

25 September 2017

We are delighted to announce the recent appointment of Siún Cranny as our new CEO.

Anything is Possible

22 September 2017

Teenager 2 Adult 2017

18 September 2017

Dorset Parent-Carer Council "Teenager 2 Adult 2017" Free Event

Chatterboxes Youth Group opens in Ferndown

6 September 2017

The Chatterboxes is a youth action project run by young people with disabilities aged 11-25 years old which has been running in Bournemouth for over 6 years.

Autism Training for Parents and Carers - free courses starting in January 2018

1 September 2017

We are pleased to announce we are running two more of our highly popular courses starting in January 2018.

Politics Session at Dorchester Drop In Group

31 August 2017

Politics is just one of the many topics we have discussed at Dorchester Drop In Group. The group has been running for over 5 years now and has a regular membership of adults on the autism spectrum. During the 2017 General Election run up, our members wanted to learn more about the different political parties and what they stood for.

GPs to Record Autism Diagnosis on Patient Records

14 August 2017

Did you know that new National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines published this month recommend that GPs set up registers of which patients are on the autism spectrum?   Many people are surprised that this is not something that already happens as standard but some people might have concerns about what this means. 

Could you be a speaker at our next My Life with Autism event?

2 August 2017

We're looking for speakers for our upcoming 'My Life With Autism' events...

New Early Years Provision at Portfield School

13 July 2017

We are delighted to announce we will be opening a Centre for Reception and Key Stage 1 aged children within the grounds of Portfield School near Bournemouth, Dorset from September 2017, due to high demand for places. 

Talking to children about tragic events

27 June 2017

Recently there has been lots of news coverage of tragic events which can difficult for us all to process. We have been thinking about how families can support children with autism with their understanding, thoughts and feelings about these events and have put together some ideas below:

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