Autistica exists to offer autistic people and their families the chance of a long, happy, healthy life through funding and promoting ground-breaking research, improving understanding and advancing new therapies and interventions.
Despite scientific advances, too many autistic individuals and their families still tell us that they face a life-long struggle to access appropriate support and services. Research can transform this experience, raise awareness, and ensure that services are based on the latest evidence. But autism research is greatly underfunded compared to other conditions and a coordinated and focused effort is required to deliver change for the one in a hundred people in the UK and around the world who are autistic. Autistica is committed to working in partnership to achieve both a step change in the amount of resource focused on autism research and to ensure that research funding is directed to those areas of greatest need. Autistica is the UK’s only national autism research charity and acts as the bridge between autistic people, the research community and other funders of autism science. This is an exciting time in autism research and significant advances have been made in the last ten years, including a deeper understanding of autistic strengths, awareness of the tragic gap in life expectancy and a marked increase in the amount of autism science globally.
Since Autistica’s foundation, we’ve funded the set-up and development of some of the most important UK studies and scientific assets in autism, including the BASIS and iBASIS trials, the ASD-UK and AASC databases and the Autism Brain Bank. We fund leading scientists and rising stars at top universities across the UK, including Cambridge, UCL, Edinburgh, Newcastle, King’s College London, Bangor, Birmingham and Nottingham.
We’re seeking a new Chief Executive to build on our successful heritage of world-class science, authentic community involvement and wide-ranging policy influence, taking Autistica into the next chapter in its development. With autism now an NHS national clinical priority and more visible than ever in the public consciousness, the role of research as the route to better outcomes for all autistic people has never been more important. If you share our belief in community-led, high-quality science and want to make a difference for autistic people and their families, we look forward to your application.
Chair of Trustees