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A Scotland that is aware, understanding and inclusive

Through the Increasing Understanding of Autism Programme, we are aiming to make Scotland a more accessible, inclusive and understanding place for autistic people to learn, work and live. The programme consists of a marketing campaign, managed by the Scottish Government, and ten funded charity projects. The programme is directed by autistic people’s lived experiences, governed by the Steering Committee and supported by the Autism Advisory Forum. The funded charities are also partners in this programme, helping to influence the direction of the national marketing campaign and promote the campaign at a local level.




Members of the Autism Advisory Forum


Funded Charities


Successful marketing campaign, supported by the Autism Advisory Forum

Funded Charities 2021/23

In partnership with the Scottish government, Inspiring Scotland will distribute £400,000 of funding across ten charities in Scotland.

Phase Two of the Increasing Understanding of Autism Programme funding supports projects that do either or both of the following:

  • delivering resources, tools or other ways that help raise understanding of autism amongst the non-autistic population
  • supporting autistic people to access & participate in their communities.

A full evaluation of the programme to date will be available later in 2021, in the meantime you can read about what the Phase 1 funded projects have been doing over the last six months, from June 2020 – January 2021, with an update on the impact of the Increasing Understanding of Autism Programme over this time.

Read our 2020-2021 Increasing Understanding of Autism Programme Progress Report below. 

Increasing Understanding of Autism Programme

This programme is a direct response to the Scottish Government’s 2017 Engagement Exercise, which emphasised the need to raise understanding of autism amongst the non-autistic population.

The consultation highlighted the importance of increasing understanding, awareness and acceptance of autism, reducing autism stereotypes and building a society which is accessible, inclusive and values neurodiversity.

The programme aims to raise understanding across Scottish society about the needs of autistic people and the challenges that they face, as well as highlighting the strengths and diversity that autistic people bring to society.

See below the new Different Minds.One Scotland. TV AD 


We've got experience

Inspiring Scotland have been working with the Scottish Government since 2016 to develop support for autistic people, their families, their carers and others supporting the autistic community.

The current fund is a successor to the Autism and Innovation fund. Download the final progress report below.

Webpage image credit: Perth Autism Support


Portfolio Charities

Central Advocacy Partners

Central Advocacy Partners

Central Advocacy Partners (CAP) provides multiple advocacy and inclusion services for autistic people and people with learning disabilities in Forth Valley. This project will support the young people in the ‘Autistic’n’Awesome’ group to deliver workshops for other young autistic people, to increase their skills and confidence. @centraladvocacy

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Perth Autism Support SCIO

Perth Autism Support SCIO

    Perth Autism Support SCIO support autistic children/young people and their families to reach their full potential through training and social, mental health and transitions support. This project will develop an employability programme for autistic teens, offering training to local businesses and facilitating interest-based work experience placements for autistic young people. @Perth_Autism  

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Autism Atlas

Autism Atlas

ATLAS aims to increase autism awareness and acceptance in local communities across Scotland. They deliver training developed from autistic people’s experiences to createcommunities where autistic people and their carers feel valued, respected and safe. This project will develop and deliver autism training across Scotland and create content for their Facebook page that increases the acceptance

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