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Hi everyone.

This page keeps you up to date with the activities, news and events organised by or connected to NAS Richmond, as well as an opportunity to let you know about our forthcoming coffee mornings.  Please use the links in the box above to visit the rest of our web pages and find out about other activities and events, details of other groups in this area, plus news and information.


For the time being, we are offering online coffee evenings. We'll resume our coffee mornings when it is safe to do so.

The coffee mornings are held in association with Skylarks, and they take place at the Crossway Centre. 306, Richmond Road, East Twickenham. TW1 2PD. Please see the map to find the Crossway Centre’s location.

The nearest parking facilities are at Marble Hill Park’s Pay & Display car park. Directions to this venue can be found on the Skylarks website: www.skylarks.charity

There is a creche facility available - places need to be booked with Skylarks. Email them at  info@skylarks.charity or phone 07946 646033.

Our next coffee mornings:

To be announced

Please click HERE to go to our Activities, News and Events page to find out more about what's happening at our next coffee morning/evening (details to be announced nearer the time).


Are you someone who has direct experience of autism? Would you like to help make a difference to those affected by an autism spectrum condition?

Then why not consider helping NAS Richmond with what we do? If you could help with our coffee mornings, or have an interest in fund raising, that would be invaluable.

We welcome all enquiries and would especially like to hear from people with young children who have an autism spectrum condition. if you feel you are able to help out, do contact us at Richmond@nas.org.uk.


NAS Richmond in collaboration with a number of families has co-produced a booklet entitled You Are Not Alone.

This booklet is aimed at parents who think that their son or daughter might be different in some way from their peers, possibly because they may have an autism spectrum condition.

Do visit You Are Not Alone to download a copy of this booklet, which is also available in print.


In 2009, the NAS made history by leading a campaign to get the Government to recognise and support autistic adults through an Autism Act in England. This led to an Autism Strategy; the 2014 update being called Think Autism. The big news is that the new Strategy update will cover not just adults but children as well!

The Government has published statutory guidance that tells local authorities and NHS bodies the actions they should be taking to meet the needs of autistic people living in their area. To monitor their progress in implementing the Strategy, each local authority completes an online self-assessment form and sends it to the Department for Health and Social Care; the most recent one for our Borough being sent in December 2018.

Our Branch was sent a copy and identified a number of gaps that we brought to the attention of the local authority. As a result of this, Alison and Kevin were invited to a meeting with one of the commissioners to discuss this further.

The gaps we identified included:

    1. Not having local representation for the interests of autistic adults without  

        learning disabilities. Locally, autism adult services have been grouped with

        learning disabilities, older persons' care and other disabilities.

    2. Only including autistic people diagnosed and eligible for social care over the

        past year rather than the total number, as recommended by the NAS.

Because the next Autism Strategy update will include autistic children as well as adults, Alison and Kevin stated that there will have to be joint working and information sharing between the children's and adult services.

A point raised was that autistic people without learning disabilities “fall through the cracks” of local services; being neither eligible for support from Adult Social Care nor the Mental Health Team unless they reach crisis point. The significant impact on their immediate family, should they be providing care, plus their rights as carers for support from the local authority was also mentioned.

Another point raised was that there is evidence that girls and women may be under-diagnosed because they don't fit with the profile usually associated with men and boys when they're assessed. This means that such girls and women aren't included when it comes to planning autism services, nor are their particular needs considered.

The commissioner will be refreshing the local Autism Strategy later this year, looking into the Branch's concerns and has asked us to keep in contact with any information and suggestions.

Please forgive our pages not being updated recently.

Most of you will be unaware that the main editor of our website (Alison) is unwell.

Untill she is able to return there will be only a minimum number of updates however most of the information on this site is still valid.

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