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About Us

About Us

Our Vision

Autism & Neurodiversity; a world of fulfilling and happy lives for those who think differently.

 

Our Mission

Creating opportunities for autistic and neurodivergent people, and their networks, to realise their full potential and transform the world we live in.

Our History

Autism & Neurodiversity North Scotland (A-ND) was founded in 1987 by a small group of parents and professionals (Rose Clayton MBE), who were concerned for the needs of autistic individuals. We were the first organisation of our kind in the region to offer help and support to autistic individuals, their families and wider support networks.

 

Beginning as a support group, we have slowly expanded over time, firstly as a parent-run organisation and later constituted into a charity in 1989. As of January 2024, we have a growing staff team of 55 people and provide direct, ongoing support and services to over 200 individuals and their families throughout Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray and Highlands (North Scotland), as well as providing a variety of support groups in person and online.

 Our Values

WE ARE INNOVATORS 

We are not afraid to try new ideas or approaches. We welcome change and creativity. 

WE ARE HUMAN RIGHTS LED 

We will protect and honour the human rights of all people.  Treating all with respect, dignity and compassion. 

WE ARE THOUGHT LEADERS

We are ideas people.  We nurture the skills, knowledge and ideas of our staff, families, fellow professionals and most importantly those we support to help inform, develop and improve our practice. 

WE VALUE RELATIONSHIPS

We are person centred in our approach.  Relationships are key to what we do. 

WE ARE INFLUENCERS

We influence policy and procedure to improve access to support and services, including education and jobs.  We strive to build awareness and understanding about our organisation, autism and neurodiversity. 

WE ARE PASSIONATE

We believe every child, young person and adult has the potential to shine bright.  We believe magic can be created every day. 

Our Strategic Objectives

Our 4 key Strategic Objectives at A-ND are WISE;

Whole Person:

"we will provide opportunities to autistic & neurodivergent people to support them have a fulfilled & happy life".

Influencing:

"we will ensure the rights of autistic & neurodivergent people & their loved ones are understood, upheld & respected".

Society, Community & Family:

"we will offer opportunities to the wider society, local communities & to loved ones of autistic & neurodivergent people to support them have a fulfilled & happy life". 

Employability:

"we will provide opportunities to autistic & neurodivergent people to support them meet their unique & individual potential". 

To help us realise our WISE objectives, we require Resources - WISER.

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