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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North East Autism Society launches £5.5m plan to create 60 new jobs for autistic people

THE ambitious project to transform the 77 acre site at New Warlands Farm will feature a cafe and shop, accessible walks, and a rare breed farm park.


Author: Michael Hoyle

Latest activities

  • Golf Day

    Tee off with us for a charity Golf Fundraiser at Beamish Park Golf Club Read more

  • Cleveland Way Trek

    22 miles over the stunning North Yorkshire countryside - join us to hike for Autism Acceptance! Read more

  • Mackenzie Thorpe Auction

    WORLD-FAMOUS artist Mackenzie Thorpe has produced a magnificent new artwork to be auction for two North-East charities NEAS and the Eastern Ravens Trust Read more

  • Walk for Acceptance 2024

    Join us as our annual Walk for Acceptance returns again on Friday 5th April at Herrington Country Park, Sunderland. Read more

  • Conference: Supporting your autistic child

    This is an aimed at parents/carers of autistic and neurodivergent children. Read more

Featured campaign

  • Everyday Equality Campaign

    We are highlighting the lived experiences of autistic and neurodivergent people in five areas of everyday life: education, health, travel, employment and finance. That’s why we’re calling the campaign Everyday Equality. Read more