Welcome to Autistic Nottingham

We are (as far as we know) the UK’s only 100% Autistic led Autism charity. This means that all of our Trustees and all of our Management are diagnosed Autistic adults without intellectual disabilities.

When we say “without intellectual disabilities” we are talking about Autistic people who may have previously been diagnosed with “Asperger’s” or “High Functioning Autism”. As a charity, we want to be as accurate as possible in describing our beneficiaries and try to stay as Autism positive in the language we use. We don’t describe our beneficiaries as having “Asperger’s” because this diagnosis stopped being used many years ago (but we respect those who will to identify as such). We also do not use “functioning” labels, because they are not supportive and don’t accurately reflect Autistic people’s abilities.

We focus our work on this demographic of Autistic people because there are little to no organisations that work solely for this purpose. Many Autism organisations will be aimed at children and families or adults with intellectual disabilities/high needs, this leaves our beneficiaries to either access services that are not appropriate for their capabilities or left with no support to turn to.

This blog is a compilation of our social media posts/resources as well as articles and reviews written by our staff. All these resources are aimed towards fulfilling the needs of those Autistic people left and fulfilling our
Charity Mission Statement: Going beyond the misconceptions of Autism Spectrum Conditions through Advocacy-Support-Connect

Latest from the Blog

Autistic Adults & Physical Health

1/4 Full paper: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1362361320953652 #AccessibleAcademia Nothing about us without us Who: Weir and colleagues Journal: Autism Published: 2021 Title: Increased prevalence of non-communicable physical health conditions among autistic adults Autistic Adults & Physical Health Autistic people are more likely than non-autistic people to die young, especially females and those with intellectual disabilities. Autistic people areContinue reading “Autistic Adults & Physical Health”

Autistic & Pregnant: Reasonable Adjustments

1/9 This paper can be read here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332865043_Supporting_women_with_autism_during_pregnancy_birth_and_beyond?fbclid=IwAR1zOFKN2Se9pv0T8A2XPf5pZvuoC2posA71wSV74HS-eedFwE9ViHpNmoQ #AccessibleAcademia Nothing about us without us Who: Turner Journal: MIDIRS Midwifery Digest Published: December 2017 Title: Supporting women with autism during pregnancy, birth and beyond This paper outlines ways in which autistic adults can be better supported through pregnancy and childbirth. Autism is a recognised disability andContinue reading “Autistic & Pregnant: Reasonable Adjustments”

Autistic Adults & AAC

1/9 Full paper: https://pubs.asha.org/doi/full/10.1044/2021_PERSP-20-00220 #AccessibleAcademiaNothing about us without usWho: Donaldson and colleaguesJournal: Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interests GroupPublished: 2021Title: “Everyone Deserves AAC”: Preliminary Study of the Experiences of Speaking Autistic Adults Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication Autistic Adults & AAC AAC is Alternative & Augmentative Communication.This is all the ways we communication without talking.Continue reading “Autistic Adults & AAC”

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