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.


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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.


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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

  • NEAS pupil is surprise star of John Lewis Christmas campaign

    John Lewis features Tommy from Thornhill Park school in Sunderland and his special bond with the Venus flytrap in their festive advert. Read more

  • Autism-friendly Christmas events in the North East

    We've put together a round-up of relaxed Christmas events for families with loved ones who are autistic - from quiet Santa's grottos to autism-friendly pantos, shows and shopping. Read more

  • Kiora Hall rated as 'good' in first Ofsted report

    One year after it opened, Kiora Hall is praised by Ofsted inspectors for the impact it has already had on the lives of autistic children and their families. Read more

  • Dreams come true for SAFC flag-bearers

    A group of NEAS students welcomed their Sunderland heroes onto the Stadium of Light pitch in front of more than 41,000 cheering fans. Read more

  • Jolly Jumper Day

    Whether you're a friend or foe of festive fashion, we have just the thing to make wearing your Christmas sweaters all the better... Plus we also have our limited-edition Autism Acceptance t-shirts and bobble hats! Read more