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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, supported by Inspiring Scotland’s Autistic Advisory Forums and nine funded charity projects. The funded charities are partners in this programme, helping to influence the direction of the national marketing campaign and promote the campaign at a local level.




Autistic Advisory Forums


Funded Charities


of participants are autistic at the Advisory Panels

Funded Charities 2020/21

In 2020 Inspiring Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish government, have distributed £400,000 of funding across nine charities in Scotland.
The funding aims to make employment and community participation more accessible and to help autistic people live active and independent lives.

Read our Increasing Understanding of Autism Programme Progress Report below. 

Read about what funded projects have been doing over the last six months from June 2020 – January 2021 with an update on the Increasing Understanding of Autism Programme impact over this time.



Increasing understanding of Autism Fund

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 is aiming to raise awareness and understanding across Scottish society about the needs of autistic people and the challenges that they face. Whilst also highlighting the strengths and diversity autistic people bring to society.

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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

Triple A’s

Triple A’s

Employment Themed Project In partnership with autistic led organisations, they will develop autistic led solutions to barriers to employment. This will include an online resource and employer documentation. The toolkits/documentation will be utilised by the other charities in the programme. Triple A’s will also run a late diagnosis group for autistic individuals in Aberdeen. Will

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Project Ability

Project Ability

      Community Themed Project This is a collective of 12 – 15 autistic artists who have been invited to expand the structure of Glasgow Life’s visitors’ programme to better inform staff and improve facilities for autistic people. Will be delivering in Glasgow.

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Autism Atlas

Autism Atlas

Community Themed Project This will deliver autism awareness training, drama presentations and Q&A sessions for up to 3,000 people in communities over a 14 month period. All training is led by autistic individuals. Will be delivering in the central belt and Dundee.

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