We are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism. Our work relies on your support, so please get involved or donate today.

We now know that more than one in 100 people has autism – that’s around half a million people in the UK today. We also know that, alone, we can only reach and support a small proportion of these people and their families. That’s why we’ll not only continue to give people and their families the very best information and support possible, we’ll focus on making sure that everyone responsible for supporting people with autism has the knowledge, skills and resources they need to work more efficiently and effectively.

We will be responsive to the needs of all people with autism – wherever they are on the autism spectrum and whatever the particular economic, social and political circumstances of the UK nation they live in.

We want to inform, inspire and motivate. We want lasting change. Our work has given us the experience, expertise and determination to do this.

Together, we will have a much bigger and better impact on people’s lives.

For more information call 020 7833 2299, email, or visit


There are more than half a million people in the UK living with autism, an invisible and misunderstood disability. 60,000 live in the West Midlands.

We are the leading charity in the West Midlands for people with autism. We use our passion and expertise to enrich the lives of people with autism and those who love and care for them. Our passionate, expert staff and volunteers work across all age groups and abilities, providing direct support to people with autism.

What do we do?
• Support people with autism to live as independently as possible, in residential care, or in their own or the family home
• Provide activities and events and support for families, and an information helpline
• Help people with autism to find and keep a job
• Offer training for parents of children with autism, and the professionals who help them ….and much more!

For more information call 0121 450 7582, email, or visit


We design and create multi-sensory environments, sensory studios, soft play rooms and safe rooms for anyone with additional and special needs. The company offers a complete service, from beginning to completion and ongoing maintenance. We also manufacture switch access systems and have an extensive mail order catalogue of multi-sensory products.

Mike Ayres is a professional designer with 30 years experience in creating equipment and environments for people with special needs.

He was instrumental in introducing the Dutch concept of ‘Snoezelen’ into Britain in the 1980’s. Since then he has worked on multi-sensory concepts, environments and products for care and education. This web site features many of Mike’s original projects.

He continues to work on new concepts for whole buildings, individual environments and products, working with architects, project teams, educationalists and professionals in the caring industry. He aims to design and produce the very best equipment and environments for people with special needs and to enable everyone to function successfully in an inclusive environment.

For more information call 01359 251 551, email, or visit


OMI is a leading UK developer and provider of motion activated interactive sensory systems, Their unique gesture controlled systems deliver multiple benefits for individuals with ASD. Used as controlled stimuli, it is encouraging learning through imitation, improving communication, increasing attention span, self-awareness, reducing stress and more.

Founded in 2005, OMi is a pioneer in the design, development and supply of gesture-controlled interactive technology for the education, health, special needs and leisure sectors. OMi systems provide an incredibly powerful tool that can inspire and engage people of all ages – fun whilst learning.

OMi gesture–controlled systems are developed from a fusion of art and science, combining images, colour, movement and sounds to create motion-activated solutions for virtual reality, physical therapy, multisensory stimulation and immersive play.

At the heart of every OMi gesture controlled system is a huge selection of unique interactive content. Themes include; Interactive Music, Educational, Our World, Theme Explorer, Playtime, Sensory & Relaxation, Festive, Explore and many others. A comprehensive suite of options offer a rewarding experience for all audiences, regardless of age and ability.

With hundreds of successful installations and satisfied clients throughout the UK from schools to medical trusts and high profile commercial organisations, OMi are proud of achieving ‘10 years’ of market-led innovation and customer service.

Our creative team is dedicated to offering continuous customer support, advice and updates.

For more information call 01442 215 555, email or visit


Autism Eye, media partner of The Autism Show, offers in-depth, independent and useful information for parents and professionals.

Autism Eye is edited by Gillian Loughran and its publisher is Gillian’s husband, Mark Hayes. Not only are they both award-winning magazine editors and writers with years of experience in the UK publishing business, but they are also the parents of Finn, their beloved son, who has autism.

Autism Eye was borne out of the frustration that Gillian and Mark felt about the lack of useful and unbiased information for parents of children with ASD. Although the couple have tried a variety of interventions that have helped improve their son’s life, they found it harder than it should have been to make proper, informed judgements about how to treat their child’s autism. There has been little in-depth, rigorous coverage available about therapies and educational interventions.

Autism Eye aims to change that scenario by keeping parents informed about the best treatments for their child – and to help them avoid the worst.

For more information call 020 8673 8496, email, or visit


SEN Magazine is a glossy, full colour magazine published every two months and packed full of interesting and authoritative features, news and articles covering all issues to do with SEN and disability. It’s essential reading for teachers, SENCOs, carers, parents, therapists and all practitioners in special needs.
SEN magazine articles and features cover:
  • all major conditions (such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, cerebral palsy and Down’s syndrome)
  • mental health
  • literacy and numeracy
  • visual and hearing impairments
  • behaviour
  • teaching children with special educational needs
  • general issues of education, care and government legislation
  • manual handling
  • special schools and mainstream schools
Additional SEN magazine sections include:
  • news
  • CPD, training and events listings
  • what’s new: latest products and ideas from the world of SEN
SEN Magazine is distributed to all special schools in the UK and is available on subscription to mainstream schools. Copies are also mailed directly to our ever-growing list of subscribers and to key decision makers in local education authorities.
For more information call 01200 409 800, email, or visit


The Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC) was set up to bring autistic people, including scholars and activists, together with early career researchers and practitioners who work with autistic people. Our aim is to build a community network where those who wish to see more significant involvement of autistic people in autism research can share knowledge and expertise.

PARC are following in the footsteps of previous autistic-led projects, such as the Autonomy Journal and the Theorising Autism Project, who have been campaigning for more participatory autism research.

The project was initially based at London South Bank University, where PARC has held a number of events, contributed to research projects and to publications. The group is has since expand activities to other Universities such as Birmingham, Sheffield Hallam and Nottingham.

For more information visit