Ambitious About Autism

Founded in 1997 by a group of parents, Ambitious About Autism (formerly TreeHouse) is the national charity for autism education. Ambitious About Autism is working to transform the lives of the one in every 100 children in the UK who are diagnosed with autism, a lifelong neurological disorder which affects a person’s ability to communicate, interact with others and use imagination.

Ambitious About Autism has a number of services. The first is a day school which provides one-to-one education for 80 children and young people with autism, aged 3 to 19. The school is pioneering new approaches to autism education, with transformational effect, and is an exemplar demonstrating what young people can achieve if they access appropriate education. Ambitious About Autism also runs a national centre which aims to increase the quantity and quality of autism education provision nationwide. Ambitious About Autism achieves this by offering training and consultancy to autism practitioners, supporting groups of parents throughout the country and lobbying and campaigning actively.

The Barbara Ward Children’s Foundation is a long term friend of Ambitious About Autism. We initially enabled Ambitious About Autism to purchase a mini bus, a vital resource used by the charity to take children, who find it difficult to cope with public transport, on a range of outings. We have also funded Ambitious About Autism’s very first physical education teacher and more recently provided major funding for essential speech and language therapy.

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The Barbara Ward Children’s Foundation

85 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1AE

Tel: 020 7222 7040 | Fax: 020 7222 6208

Email: [email protected]

Registered Charity No: 1089783 Registered in England No: 4213963