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Autism Rights was established to research, lobby and campaign for the human rights of people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Scotland, in particular to campaign for the provision of appropriate health treatment, education, social welfare and justice.

The founding members of Autism Rights are all parents and carers of people with an ASD and were long-standing members of the now defunct Cross-Party Group on Autistic Spectrum Disorders of the Scottish Parliament. We are not in receipt of income, nor do we intend to apply for any, that is directly or indirectly supplied by local, devolved, or central government.

The European Charter of Rights for Persons With Autism is the main policy upon which we will base our campaign. This charter was adopted by the European Parliament in 1996.

NEW - Autism Rights has published its `Proposals for Autism Services in Scotland `, and is inviting people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their parents and other carers to contact the group with their views on specific services such as school and further education, healthcare, social services, housing and employment.
We put forward a basic set of proposals for all services for people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Scotland. We want to canvass the views of as many service users as possible, in order to compile further and more specific proposals on each service area.
We are compiling all of these proposals as part of an ongoing campaign to lobby the Scottish parliament and government to make the kind of improvements to services for people with ASD in Scotland that service users know are needed. As the only national service user-led group in Scotland campaigning for the rights of people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their families, Autism Rights is best placed to lead such a campaign.

Comments should be emailed to We will treat all such contributions in confidence, but request that contributors supply their names, email addresses and either a phone number or home address, in order that we may verify contributions as genuine.

Please visit our Briefing Paper which details legislation and policy affecting the rights of people with autism.

Our first questionnaire on educational provision for children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder is online. We encourage all parents who have school age children with an ASD to complete this questionnaire , to give us feedback on their experiences of educational provision for their child. This will be the first of a series of different surveys designed to collate information across Scotland on how the various sectors (mainly health, education, social welfare, and justice) deliver services for people with ASDs.
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Full membership of Autism Rights is open to people with an ASD resident in Scotland and parents and non-professional carers of people with an ASD who support our aims and objectives. If you are interested in membership of Autism Rights, please email
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