Empowering and supporting autistic children, young people, adults and their families for over 40 years.

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Who we are

Founded in 1980 by a group of parents who came together to establish Thornhill Park School in Sunderland, the North East Autism Society grew out of a desire to provide a better standard of education for autistic children. Having remortgaged their homes to purchase the building, our founders were dedicated to helping autistic young people fulfil their potential - and that commitment remains at the heart of everything we do.

How we can support you

Find out more about the vital autism-specific services we provide for individuals and their families across the region.


Author: Abby Patterson

Start your career with us

Do you want to make a positive difference to the lives of others? Click here to view our latest vacancies.


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How we change lives

We love to celebrate the progress, achievements and development of the incredible children, young people and adults we support.


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Fundraising stories

Read about the incredible supporters who have raised funds in aid of our lifeline services.


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Resources for families

Our free downloadable resources are designed to help families navigate the day-to-day challenges of life.


Author: Abby Patterson

Our impact


Autistic people and their families supported


Sites throughout the North East


Dedicated staff working in education and care

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Latest activities

  • A care job like no other

    Katie Moffat, 21, is part of a team supporting a young man to have as fulfilling and independent a life as possible in his own home in Bedlington. Read more

  • I didn't lose my son .. I gained a family

    Mum Angela Maughan pays tribute to residential care staff at the North East Autism Society for the life-changing support they have given her and her son Kelvin. Read more

  • We help people do what they love

    Supporting autistic individuals and their families to do their own thing is a source of pride for Jan Patterson, Area Manager for Family Support in North Tyne. Read more

  • It's a family affair for Nicole

    Nicole Dowell followed in her mum into the North East Autism Society and now works as Programme Manager in Adult Day Services. Read more

  • If you care, you can make a change

    Helping people get real-life experiences is the best thing about Grainger Simpson's job as Operations Manager for Adult Day Services. Read more