Support Our Work

Support Our Work

Donating, fundraising, volunteering…

Thinking Autism is a charity run entirely by parents and family members of children and adults with autism. We have lived our lives in the trenches and know what others are going through.

The work our charity does assists thousands of families, but we receive no government funding. We operate on a very shoestring budget, with no plush offices or big expenses of any kind. At present time we are partly funded by the Big Lottery Fund, but we still depend on the work of volunteers and on individual donations.

The work that is being helped by your contributions goes towards maintain this website, organising and providing free publications, holding low-cost events: conferences for parents and professionals, country-wide roadshows and local support events, answering hundreds of emails by desperate parents, advocating government officials and professional bodies to improve care and support for people with ASD, plus a lot more.

Direct donations

If you’ve been helped by Thinking Autism, or you would like to support other autism families by helping us provide information and support to them, please consider making a small donation towards our work. Every contribution goes directly toward taking action!


We always welcome donations raised through cake-sales, dare-devil challenges, birthday wishlists and similar opportunities. People who have benefited from our work, or those who simply like what we do, have swam the Channel, climbed the peak of Kilimanjaro, cycled around the country, played a non-stop no-repeats 36-hour DJ set (!), baked hundreds of cupcakes, and done many more challenging and rewarding things in order to raise money for our charity.

If you have an amazing fundraising idea and would like to talk to us about taking the next step to make it happen, do get in touch!

Corporate donations

It the organisation that you work for ever raises money for charitable causes, please lease consider nominating Thinking Autism in their next round! Alternatively, if the company your work for donates parts of their corporate profits to charitable causes, please do consider introducing our charity and the work we do as a worthy cause.


We are always looking for volunteers to grow and improve the things we do, to better support and serve those who benefit from our work. Even if all you have to spare is half an hour of your time once or twice a month, please do get in touch! You can either suggest the things to get involved with, or ask us what we are most in need of.

Thinking Autism has literally been a lifeline for our family, providing much needed information to help make our autism kids lives be the best they can be. The conferences are particularly inspiring and informative and have given us direction and a feeling of empowerment and community in what can often feel like a very isolated existence. It helps to give us the strength to keep calm and carry on finding out answers and supporting our fellow autism families.
(feedback from a parent)

Thinking Autism has helped our family more than anything else. Our son faced terrible problems with his bowel and allergies, and attending TA conferences has allowed us access to the information we needed to help him. The new comorbidities pamphlet is also helping doctors and health professionals better understand the emerging science around autism and the need to explore the health challenges our children face.
(feedback from a parent)

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