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Autism support

Autism is part of daily life for many people in the UK and around the world, and we know that includes many members of the Foothold community.

Living with autism

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. One in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK. 

How we can help

Studies show that there are links between autism and engineering - so we wanted to make sure that autism support was available to you.

National Autistic Society (NAS) is the leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families and can provide advice and guidance for you. NAS can also put you in touch with other families in a similar situation locally to help share tips and advice. And we can provide lots of other practical and emotional assistance too.

Practical support

We also offer practical support – our Foothold grants could pay for adjustments to help you or another family member get the most out of daily life, including school, college or in the workplace. Or perhaps you need support in getting a diagnosis of autism. We believe in everyone’s right to live a socially inclusive life and if autism means you could use a boost to get there, we want to make sure you receive it.

Eligibility

So if you’re living with autism or if someone in your family is on the autism spectrum and you’re an existing or former member of the IET, and you have savings of less than £16,000, we can support you. And if you’re a grandparent and you’re involved in the care of your grandchildren who are living with autism we are also able to offer support for their needs. Get in touch with us today and we'll talk it through.

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