Our mission and values
Treating Autism aims to provide support and information to persons affected by ASD, their family members and professionals. Our charity works to relieve the suffering of people with autism and their families through the provision of information and support services, free of charge, in particular concerning the treatments for autism.
We aim to improve quality of life for people with ASD and help them to reach their full potential through four interrelated endeavours:
- Bringing information and support for a variety of educational and therapeutic approaches to the community of parents, professionals, and people with ASD through a variety of publications, events, and social networks.
- Sharing research, clinical outcomes, and parent experiences of possible treatments for the physical conditions that are correlated with and may underlie or exacerbate the symptoms that comprise ASD.
- Campaigning to ensure that appropriate and timely medical support is available to all people with ASD, while providing parents, people with ASD, and professionals information that will help overcome obstacles to having medical needs addressed.
- Advocating for research into the development and evaluation of biomedical approaches to treating autism.
We change lives by providing hope, emotional support and practical information.
We envision a world in which disabling symptoms of autism are fully preventable and treatable on an individual basis.
Treating Autism has helped our family more than anything else. Our son faced terrible problems with his bowel and allergies, and attending TA conferences has allowed us access to the information we needed to help him. The new comorbidities pamphlet is also helping doctors and health professionals better understand the emerging science around autism and the need to explore the health challenges our children face.
Feedback from a parent
The Treating Autism document detailing the various peer-reviewed research on medical comorbidities potentially co-occurring alongside a diagnosis on the autism spectrum represents a scientific tour-de-force and is my go-to reference on this important topic. Freely available and providing hard science to complement the many, many observations from people with autism, their parents and other caregivers, this and other work from the charity are proving highly influential for which I offer my sincere thanks.
Researcher, UK autism research organisation
When you get your child’s diagnosis you can be told that there is no future to look forward to for them. Everything appears bleak. Treating Autism completely turns that on its head. It has changed not only my son’s life but our whole family’s life. The conferences give so much information for a parent to start helping bring their child back to full health. The support I have had from fellow parents who attend these conferences is priceless. I have life long friends and a support network that completely understands mine and my son’s life. I know my son would not be the healthy 12 year old that he is today without them and I would not have the support that I do without them. Gratitude and thanks will never be enough for what I feel for TA
Treating Autism provide a valuable service for parents and for the community. As yet we do not know what the pathophysiology of autism is, and therefore it is important that we explore every possibility that it is a preventable and/or treatable condition. Treating Autism provides such advocacy and there is little doubt their Co-Morbidities document has made a substantial impact on the standard of care patients with autism receive and indeed their efforts are visible within current NICE guidelines. Preventing a non-verbal patient suffering unnecessary pain is such an important contribution to society.
Clinical Researcher, UoM