About Autism Sussex Ltd
Caring to make a difference for people with autism
Autism Sussex is an independent, not for profit organisation and registered charity. Formed in 1989, its aim is to provide a range of opportunities for children, young people and adults with autistic spectrum conditions and/or Asperger syndrome. The charity provides essential care, education, recreational opportunities and living environments needed to live rewarding and fulfilling lives.
Their training division delivers a wide-range of autism-specific and care training to other organisations, parents and professionals. It also runs an NVQ assessment centre and acts as a CRB umbrella body.
The charity was formed in 1989 by parents of young adults with autism, who were concerned with the limited services available. Burton Cottages in Robertsbridge has grown considerably since 1989 and now provides support and services across Sussex. In 2008 the charity’s charitable objectives were changed to expand its services and expertise to supporting children and young people with autism.
In 2009 their first social enterprise project opened in Hastings. Cafe des Arts offers supported employment to the charity’s service users and showcases artwork produced by them and other from the wider autism community.
In 2010 Autism Sussex registered with Mission Fish UK allowing eBay users the opportunity to donate part or all of their profits to the charity. During 2011 Autism Sussex will be launching a series of social media campaigns designed to generate awareness of autistic conditions and raise funds to support vital research and essential practical support to those living with autism everyday.
Autism Sussex President is internationally renowned Dr. Lorna Wing, founder member of the National Autistic Society and their Patron is BAFTA-winning actor Bob Hoskins.