Each year, RDAS supports a charity with a housing connection. So far we have donated over £100,000. This year we’ve chosen Ambitious about Autism – the national charity for children and young people with autism.

Demand for the charity’s services is increasing, so our support could not come at a better time. 92p of every £1 funds direct services, policy, research and campaigning.

More about Ambitious about Autism

As well as raising awareness, and campaigning for change, Ambitious about Autism offers specialist education and support, through TreeHouse School, Talk about Autism and Ambitious College. Their mission is to help children and young people with autism to learn, thrive and achieve.

They have three key aims:

• More and better services for children and young people with autism, and their families
• Greater awareness and understanding of autism in the wider population
• Influencing policy to make real changes in the lives of real people

What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability, which affects how someone communicates and experiences the world around them. People with autism share certain characteristics, but are highly individual. Some are able to live relatively independent lives – others may face additional challenges, including learning disabilities, which mean they need support in many areas.

Yet, children and young people with autism have great potential, which can be unlocked with the right education and support – and with help from charities like Ambitious about Autism.

• 1 in 100 children in the UK have autism
• There are over 56,000 children with autism in UK schools:
• 40% have been bullied
• 27% have been excluded from school
• Less than 1 in 4 children with autism continue their education beyond school
• 90% of adults with autism depend on their families or on full-time residential care.
• Only 15% of adults with autism are able to work

Find out more

Go to AmbitiousAboutAutism.org.uk
Visit the AmbitiousAboutAutism You Tube channel to hear from those they support