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Local groups for people with autism

There are lots of organisations that offer information, advice and practical support for people with autism and their families. You do not need to have received a diagnosis to access their services.

Advice and support

Autism Anglia is an independent charity that provides care and support to children, adults and families affected by autism.

Special Needs and Parents can offer advice and support to parents of autistic children and young people.

Supporting Asperger Families in Essex (SAFE) is a support group for individuals and families affected by Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism.

Purple provides a wide range of practical support services for people affected by autism, alongside information, advice and guidance services.

Essex charity SupportLine provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to anyone on any issue, including depression and anxiety.

PACT for Autism is based in Harlow. It raises awareness and makes information about autism available.

It also runs support and information helplines.

Dimensions is a not-for-profit organisation. It supports people with learning disabilities and people with autism to live the life they choose.


You can find a listing of events for young people with autism on our Local Offer site.

The Play and Resource Centre near Braintree offers children with additional needs and their families a place to play and relax.

The Spectrum Parent Support Group have regular events for parents and carers of people with autism listed on their Facebook page.

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