Autism Education Trust was launched in November 2007 with funding from the Department for Children, Schools and Families. It is dedicated to co-ordinating and improving education support for all children on the autism spectrum in England.

Autism Initiatives is a parent-led charity and a member of both the Autism Alliance and the Confederation of Service Providers for People with Autism (CoSPPA).

Autism Network Scotland connects and communicates with those interested in autism spectrum disorders. They are a signpost for autism professionals and practitioners, people with autism, their families and carers towards examples of good practice, resources and useful information.

Autism Resource Centre is an innovative service for people with autism and their carers in Greater Glasgow. The service operates as a partnership between Glasgow City Council, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and voluntary organisations, including the National Autistic Society, Scottish Autism and Strathclyde Autistic Society.

Autism Self Direct is a single referral point for anyone who is looking for an autism specific self-directed support service. It has been established by a grant from the Scottish Government's SDS strategy fund and is a partnership project between Scottish Autism, Autism Initiatives and National Autistic Society Scotland

Camphill Scotland is one of the largest support networks for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems and other support needs.

Celtic Nations Autism Partnership works at the front line of national and international efforts to improve the quality of life for people with autism.

Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events.

Department of Health has issued statutory guidance to local authorities, NHS bodies and NHS Foundation Trusts in order to secure the implementation of 'Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives: The strategy for adults with autism in England'. The  guidance will help these bodies to develop services that support and meet the locally identified needs of people with autism and their families and carers.

Health Talk Online is an award-winning website of the DIPEx charity presenting people's experiences of health and illness. The information is based on qualitative research into patient experience led by experts at the University of Oxford. 

Independent Living in Scotland is a project hosted by Inclusion Scotland working closely with the Disabled People's Independent Living Movement. It aims to strengthen the Movement by providing resources and tools so that disabled people can become better equipped to be part of the solution.

Learning Disability Alliance Scotland is a campaigning organisation that helps people with learning disabilities and their families express their views to politicians on a local and national level. It works with service users from a number of Scotland's leading voluntary organisations. Over the last few years, it has been involved in campaigns to extend the concessionary travel scheme to all Disability Living Allowance recipients, for greater control and choice in community care services and for better support for older families still caring for adult sons and daughters.

National Autistic Society Scotland provides a range of advice and information services to people affected by autism and professionals/students. The organisation helps people at any stage in their life, from parents receiving a diagnosis for their child, an adult with autism looking for advice on supported employment, to professionals looking for the latest research. The National Autistic Society also host an Autism Services Directory of services and support for people with an autism spectrum disorder, their families, and people who work with them. 

NHS Education for Scotland is Scotland's education and training body ensuring that patients and their families get the best healthcare possible from well trained and educated staff. 

NHS National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) developed a guideline, which covers the recognition, referral and diagnosis of autism in children and young people from birth up to 19 years. This guideline aims to improve the experience of children, young people and those who care for them.

Northern Ireland Autism Act 2011 is an Act issued by the Northern Ireland Government to amend the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and to require an autism strategy to be prepared. 

Number 6 is a service for adults (16 and over) with High Functioning Autism (HFA) or Asperger Syndrome (AS) who live in the Lothians. The service is provided by Autism Initiatives UK and was officially launched in June 2005, with the opening of the Number 6 One-Stop Shop.

One Scotland believes in equality for all. One Scotland celebrates the progress we’ve already made on equality whilst recognising the work still to be done to achieve a truly inclusive society. One Scotland embodies the inclusive society we want in Scotland, where equality and human rights are respected and every individual and minority group feels valued. Despite the great progress made to date, discrimination and prejudice do still exist in Scotland. The Scottish Government continues to work hard to promote equality in Scotland, realising the full potential of human rights in all areas of life.

One Stop Shops across Scotland

One Stop Shops offer people with autism and their families much needed information, advice and support before and after diagnosis.

Originally One Stop Shops were concentrated in Glasgow and Edinburgh. As part of the Scottish Strategy for Autism the Government committed to funding six new One Stop Shops around the country in association with Autism Initiatives, Scottish Autism and The National Autistic Society Scotland.

Please see below a list of all the One Stop Shops from across the country and their contact details.

Aberdeen One Stop Shop

9 Queens Gardens, Aberdeen AB15 4YD 

Tel: 01224 633040

[email protected]

For further information about NAS services click here


Ayrshire One Stop Shop

22 Portland Road, Kilmarnock, KA1 2BS

Tel: 0141 221 8090

[email protected]

For further information about NAS services click here


Edinburgh One Stop Shop - Number 6

24 Hill Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3JZ

Tel: 0131 220 1075

[email protected]

Click here to access the Number 6 website


Fife One Stop Shop

8 Viewfield Terrace, Dunfermline, KY12 7HZ

Tel: 01383 724200

[email protected]

Click here to download the Fife One Stop Shop information leaflet.

For details on opening hours and monthly activities please see the Scottish Autism website here


Glasgow One Stop Shop - the ARC

Autism Resource Centre, Abercromby Business Centre, Suite 4, 279 Abercomby Street, Glasgow G40 2DD

Tel: 0141 276 7182

[email protected]

For further information on the Arc please click here.


Inverness One Stop Shop

28 Ardconnel Terrace, Inverness, IV2 3AE

Tel: 01463 717881

[email protected]

 For further information about Autism Initiatives Services click here


Lanarkshire One Stop Shop

141 North Orchard Street, Motherwell, ML1 3JL

Tel: 01698 267023

[email protected]

Click here to download the Lanarkshire One Stop Shop information leaflet.


Perth One Stop Shop - Number 3

Number 3, King Street, Perth, PH2 8HR

Tel: 01738 449327

[email protected]

For further information about Autism Initiatives Services click here

For details on opening hours and monthly activities please see the Scottish Autism website here

Research Autism is a charity exclusively dedicated to research into interventions in autism. Research Autism carry out high quality, independent research into new and exisiting health, education, social and other interventions. Their goal is the improvement of quality of life and outlook for people on the autism spectrum and those around them.

Self-Directed Support Scotland is the Scottish Government's Self-Directed Support website - your one stop shop for information on Self-Directed Support in Scotland.

Scottish Autism is an autism charity which helps those diagnosed with autism to lead full and enriched lives and become valuable members of the community they live in. Scottish Autism seek to maximise the individual potential of all those on the autistic spectrum. The organisation is dedicated towards helping people with autism and those who offer support to achieve this aim.

Scottish Centre for Autism works with children and young people age 0-18 years who may have Autism Spectrum Disorder. The organisation offers a second opinion assessment and diagnostic service for children and young people.

Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability (SCLD) is a consortium of partner organisations who work together to encourage best practice in the support of people with learning disabilities through training, information, consultancy, research and public education.

Social Care Institute for Excellence autism resources look at how to improce access to social care services for people with autism as well as the implications of personalisation for people with autism. 

Skills for Health Autism Skills and Knowledge List enables individual workers or services and teams to assess whether they have the knowledge and skills needed to provide a good service for people with autism. 

Welsh Government with assistance from Autism Cymru, the National Autistic Society (Cymru) and the Social Services Improvement Agency (SSIA) and other agencies, together with families and individuals with ASD have produced ASD Awareness Raising Packages. These materials are targeted at practitioners in the statutory and independent sectors as well as families and service users.