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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Latest activities

  • How you can get involved with fundraising in 2022

    There are plenty of opportunities for you to take on a challenge in the coming months, and support North East Autism Society in the process. 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

  • 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

  • Hadrian's Wall Trek

    Step back in time and spend the weekend hiking along one of the UK’s most famous historic landmarks. Read more

  • NEAS tackles youth unemployment

    The Society's Employment Futures provision is preparing to launch youth employment service YESNE. Read more