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Hope for Autism

Hope For Autism.

HOPE was set up in 2002 by mothers whose children were diagnosed as having ASD and who couldn’t find local help. HOPE now help over 150 families and are recognised as the most experienced third sector autism specific service offered in North Lanarkshire. 



What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

Autism is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.

Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.

People with autism have said that the world, to them, is a mass of people, places and events which they struggle to make sense of, and which can cause them considerable anxiety.

In particular, understanding and relating to other people, and taking part in everyday family and social life may be harder for them. Other people appear to know, intuitively, how to communicate and interact with each other, and some people with autism may wonder why they are 'different'.

"..other people simply think their child is naughty.."

Autism is part of the autism spectrum and is sometimes referred to as an autism spectrum disorder, or an ASD. 

The three main areas of difficulty which all people with autism share are sometimes known as the 'triad of impairments'. They are:

  • difficulty with social communication 
  • difficulty with social interaction 
  • difficulty with social imagination. 

It can be hard to create awareness of autism as people with the condition do not 'look' disabled: parents of children with autism often say that other people simply think their child is naughty; while adults find that they are misunderstood.

All people with autism can benefit from a timely diagnosis and access to appropriate services and support.

Who are HOPE for Autism?

HOPE for Autism is described as a ‘life-line’ by families affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in North Lanarkshire.

HOPE is a registered charity set up in 2002 by mothers whose children were diagnosed as having ASD and who couldn’t find local help. We now help over 150 families within North Lanarkshire. There is a high demand for our services.

HOPE is the most experienced third sector autism specific service offered in North Lanarkshire. We run a range of successful, fun and educational based activities for children and young people 6 days a week. Our services also offer support to local families affected by ASD (Details inside leaflet). 

What can you expect from HOPE?

  • Build the confidence and self esteem of our children and
    young people
  • Help social development and promote social inclusion and participation
  • Offer support and information to our families
  • Raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Provide an inclusive community where children and families
    feel they belong
  • Be a reliable and established organisation with a willingness
    to help local people
  • Have trained staff who are PVG checked
  • Promote equality of opportunity by working with Social Work, Education, NHS and other third sector organisations
  • You will make friendships at support group meetings and fundraising events. 

What the children who use HOPE have to say. 

“I get to have fun at HOPE and feel
comfortable with people who can help”

“I get time to spend with my friends and I
now understand I am not so different” 

Testimonial from some of HOPE’s members 

“We were struggling and feeling isolated, awaiting diagnosis but HOPE was there for us. The group was a ray of sunshine on our journey”

“The group was a lifeline when first diagnosed.
So grateful for the support we received”

“HOPE is a network of people who understand, help and don’t judge our child. I think it’s fantastic and can’t praise it enough”