To mark our 50th birthday, we commissioned the largest ever survey into autism, in order to show what life is like in the
for people affected by the condition. Over 8,000 people, including many ambassadors and champions from the AAN, were among those who took part. UK
You can now read the full report, ‘The Way We Are: Autism in 2012’, online.
Some of it does make for difficult reading but for all the troubling experiences there are also many stories of hope and courage.
Covering the wide range of autism experiences from diagnosis and employment to school and independent living, the report shows that whilst there have been enormous strides in autism awareness since the NAS started life in 1962, there is still work to do.
Ambassadors Sam, Gabriel and Ben were among many Ambassadors interviewed for the report.
We were also really grateful to Daniel, Jennifer, Basil and Mark who were involved in a focus group many months ago to help with messaging for the 50th
Many, many thanks to all who took part in the research and got in touch to share their experiences with us.