Berkshire Autistic Society
was set up in 1990 by parents of children with autism, autism-related problems, Asperger Syndrome and challenging behaviours. Today, BAS is a registered Charity (No. 1076217), with a membership of over 500 and growing! Since our foundation, the commitment of BAS membership, staff and volunteers has made a positive difference to hundreds of individuals and families affected by Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC's) in Berkshire.
Our main aims are:
To enhance the support currently available with the purpose of improving the quality of life for children and adults with ASC, their carers and families within the Berkshire community.
- By listening to the needs of people affected by ASC and using this information to provide the support and services this community has identified as what they need to support them.
- By providing information and advice through speaker events, workshops, Outreach programmes, library resource, weekly email and comprehensive newsletters (6 times a year).
- By running social and leisure activities for children, adults and families that accommodate their needs in a non-judgemental environment.
To influence professionals and service providers, to deliver accessible and effective autism appropriate services and opportunities.
- By targeting professionals working in the autism field such as Education, Health, Emergency Services, Employment and the 6 Local Authorities in Berkshire. Providing specific ASC information, training, support and advice.
- By lobbying service providers sharing best practise and working together to develop appropriate services.
To promote public awareness, acceptance, understanding and inclusion of children and adults with ASC.
- To create opportunities to talk to the public directly and raise awareness in the wider community about autism and how it affects people’s lives.
Helping and supporting people affected by autism