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Autism Central – National Autistic Society and NHS

Autism Central - National Autistic Society and NHS

The Autism Central vision is a world where parents and carers of autistic children and adults are knowledgeable about autism, confident in navigating services and empowered to maintain both their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of the autistic person they support.

Autism Central is a peer education programme, commissioned by NHS England. It aims to build knowledge and understanding of autism and empower families and carers to advocate for autistic people they support. Local support helps families to get the right understanding and adjustments in place across the services they use.

Everything the programme does is informed by, or co-produced with autistic people, families and carers. 


Autism Central hubs

We deliver the programme in seven regions across England through group and one-to-one sessions, giving information on local services. Each session is delivered by parents and carers of autistic people who are happy to share their knowledge and experience with others.

Talk to your hub for a one-to-one chat to help you find the information and services available in your area.



Parents have told us that it can be difficult to navigate the minefield of information on autism that is available online. Our resources section is designed to make this easier for you. It signposts you to information on a wide range of topics around autism and support that is available from Autism Central, our partner organisations and other trusted sources.

  • Understanding Autism
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Navigating Education
  • Navigating Support

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Talk to people who share similar experiences to yours by joining a workshop, drop-in session, coffee morning or virtual meet-up.


Who is this aimed at?

This guidance is for families, carers and personal assistants of autistic people



Our services are delivered via the phone, in person, virtually and even by text and email

North West Hub: Great Minds Together, Strata House, 25 King Street, Stockport, SK3 0DT



These services are free to access


How to get involved

Please contact us by phone or email for more support or details on how to get involved with our services


Peer Educators

Are you a parent or carer of an autistic person? Would you like to help other families of autistic people in your local area? We’re looking for people who are interested in becoming peer educators and share their knowledge and experience with others.


Contact details



For further information

For more information about Autism Central search Autism Central in this directory.


Visit the Autism Central website


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