In November, our charity launched a new education campaign, Held Back, in partnership with Ambitious about Autism. We want the Government to make sure no children are held back from reaching their potential because they’re autistic.


We've launched the campaign at the same time as the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, in partnership with our charity and supported by Axcis, published a new report on autism and education. This followed an inquiry we had supported carried out by all Group.


Over 18,000 people have signed our open letter to support Held Back! Read the report and sign our letter.

For the past three years Helen Stead – another wonderful supporter and organiser of the Nottingham Comedy Festival – has chosen the National Autistic Society to benefit from collections at their shows. The festival is held at the beginning of November and attracts stand-up comedians from around the world, such as Jimmy Carr and Billy Connolly.


We also saw the return of The A Word to BBC TV, which received some fantastic feedback from you all on social media. We held Twitter Q&As with our ambassador Lee Ingleby and autistic actor Travis Smith. Read Lee's and Travis'.  


Model, TV presenter and our charity’s ambassador, Amy Willerton, completed a gruelling 500km cycle across India to raise money for us and to increase public awareness about autism. Starting in Delhi, Amy and #TeamAutism travelled through Rajasthan, passing the Taj Mahal, and finishing in the pink city of Jaipur. Find out why she got on her bike.

On 30 November, we welcomed the amazing Emeli Sande and JP Cooper to the inaugural AMG Charity Ball in London. The event was hosted by Alan Govinden, a keen supporter of all the charities involved: the National Autistic Society, the NSPCC and the Duke of York’s Community Initiative.  The Ball was attended by over 300 guests, as well as guest of honour Her Royal Highness Countess of Wessex, who is Patron of the National Autistic Society and the NSPCC.

And finally, our Dartford and Gravesham Branch became our 116th volunteer-led branch. 40 members of the public attended their launch event, along with local mayors and council members. Find out more about branches.


Find out what happened in December