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

  • New Warlands Farm Summer Fete

    After two years away, our Summer Fete at New Warlands Farm is back! Read more

  • T6 Cycle Challenge

    Our annual cycle challenge hits the continent for the Twin Town Tour Twenty Twenty Two Read more

  • Artist Mackenzie Thorpe opens NEAS school and unveils new charity artwork

    The world-famous artist officially opened the Mackenzie Thorpe Centre on April 1st and unveiled a special artwork dedicated to NEAS. Read more

  • Our journey to acceptance

    As we approach Autism Acceptance Week, our CEO John Phillipson reflects on how far the Society has come over the past 42 years, as well as how far we still have left to go… Read more

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