toggle menu

Autism Innovation & Development Fund

A Scotland where we are all respected, accepted and valued.

Through the Autism Innovation and Development Fund, we are supporting autistic people and their families to lead more meaningful and satisfying lives.

Opportunity, independence, choice and control.

We want a Scotland where autistic people are respected, accepted and valued and have access to services and support so they can lead fulfilling and happy lives. Autistic people face innumerable challenges in everyday life; challenges communicating, challenges in understanding and expressing emotion, hyper anxiety and fear in everyday situations and environments. This creates significant barriers to opportunity and puts enormous stress on their families and their carers.

We are working with support organisations to ensure autistic people enjoy the highest attainable standard of living, health and family life, and are able to participate in all aspects of community and social life including entering education, training or employment.

Part of Scottish Government’s Innovation and Development Fund, and aligned to the Scottish Autism Strategy, our work on Autism Innovation and Development Fund supports organisations who are delivering support to autistic individuals and their families and carers, helping to improve and develop services, ensure sustainability and foster collaboration and innovation.

Since 2019, Inspiring Scotland have been working with Scottish Government and partners across Scotland to build a new programme that will increase awareness and understanding of autism amongst the non-autistic population, with a national marketing campaign and charities delivering targeted initiatives at a local level.

The better Scotland we envisage is one in which autistic people and their families have the support and confidence to lead happy, healthy and satisfying lives.


invested in 2018-19


people supported


charity leaders given training


charities supported


"It makes me feel happy."

Watch this short video from Autism Network Scotland showcase some of the projects in the Autism Innovation & Development Fund helping autistic people enjoy a happy, healthy life.

Innovation & Development

Download the latest progress report into Autism Innovation & Development Fund.

Read more

Autism Innovation & Development Fund

Portfolio of charities

AHA Futures
Autism Innovation & Development Fund

AHA Futures

Active Healthy Achieving Futures is a partnership between NHS Highland, Highland Council and a series of third and voluntary sector organisations to work with people with autism, their families and carers. It is funded through the Autism Innovation & Development Fund to develop a transition programme of life skills and socialisation. The programme is divided into

Learn More
Artlink Edinburgh and Lothians
Autism Innovation & Development Fund

Artlink Edinburgh and Lothians

Artlink is an arts and disability organisation established in 1984. Artlink believes participation in the arts has an important role to play in realising personal and social change. Our aim is to increase opportunities to take part in the arts for those who experience disadvantage or disability in the East of Scotland. We offer practical

Learn More
Contact Us

We work together and get results.

We work with experts from the voluntary, public, private and academic sectors. Get in touch if you want to help us build a better Scotland.

Speak to us.
  • A note on privacy

    Inspiring Scotland will only use the personal details you provide here to respond to your enquiry and will not use them for any purpose, unless you give permission and agreed during any follow-up discussions.

    Your details will be held on the server of our third party website provider host for 3 months but not for longer than is necessary, and will not be added to any marketing databases. By completing this form you are agreeing to the terms of Inspiring Scotland’s Privacy Statement