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.


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Latest activities

  • Mackenzie Thorpe Centre celebrates its first birthday

    Our Mackenzie Thorpe Centre which has transformed the lives of autistic youngsters and their families has celebrated its first birthday – and is now poised for expansion. Read more

  • Golf club donates a wedge to NEAS

    Scott Mitchell, from South Moor Golf Club, generously selected NEAS as the club's Captain's Charity. Read more

  • Great Christmas Bake Off 2021

    On your marks, get set... Bake! Get together with family, friends and colleagues to whip up some sweet treats to raise funds for the North East Autism Society. Read more

  • Jolly Jumper Day 2021

    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

  • Support our Apple Ap-peel!

    Donate unwanted apples to help support with the delivery of our vocational training programmes at New Warlands Farm. Read more