What do we do?

Based in Reading, AutAngel is run by autistic people for autistic people, and we work together to strengthen autistic community.

• We’re creating a strong, safe social network for autistic people
• We offer training to showcase our unique autistic perspectives

Self-knowledge is powerful

Identifying as autistic sets you on a journey of self-discovery. This is exciting, and it can also be bewildering. We’ve been there too. This is something we share as a community, and we’re learning from one another. Our ten-week programme, Exploring Being Autistic, provides a peer-supported learning environment for adults who identify as autistic (either diagnosed or self-identified), and those who are still undecided. Our book, Being Autistic, shares the journeys of nine autistic adults – from the discovery of their difference to self-acceptance and empowerment.

Autistic space

AutAngel is a space where you can feel at home. There are more autistic people than is often assumed, but being autistic in a neurotypical world can still feel lonely. We’re proud of our quirkiness and passion, and our ability to cut through the crap. We also know the importance and power of feeling accepted, and that’s where the AutAngel community comes in. Whether you join us on Zoom for a group, or for some gardening, there’s no need to feel like the odd one out: this is autistic space.

AutAngel news and updates

Our in-person groups are back

After more than 2 years of being almost exclusively online, we’ve now returned to our office, rehung the crocheted bunting, and we’re offering in-person groups again for autistic people in and around Reading (and those willing to travel here). So far we have monthly mixed and women’s peer support groups, along with a fortnightly craft group, and a weekly allotment group. In the autumn we plan to start a monthly Saturday drop-in at the office. If you’re new to us, and are interested in any of these groups, please sign up to our waiting list. If you’re already part of the AutAngel community, and you’d like to come along to any of the in-person groups, please let us know by emailing us at info@autangel.org.uk.

Churchill Fellowship grant

We’re delighted that our founder and director Caroline Hearst has been awarded a grant from The Churchill Fellowship Covid-19 Action Fund, to devise and deliver a training for autistic facilitators to run an online “Exploring Being Autistic“. Training more facilitators will widen the reach of the programme, enabling more people to benefit, and our hope is that autistic adults trained as facilitators will be in a position as a result to gain or supplement their income.

Exploring Being Autistic discussion – video now available

Caroline and Laura Crane were recently in discussion online about our Exploring Being Autistic programme. You can now watch the video of the discussion here.

Join our allotment group

Are you autistic (diagnosed or self-identified), living in the Reading area, and interested in gardening? We’re looking for people who’d like to join our allotment group. You can read more about it here. If you’re interested, please either email us at info@autangel.org.uk or use our contact form, and we’ll be in touch.

Being Autistic – book review

A new review of our book Being Autistic can be found here. Thanks to Neuroclastic for publishing, and to Cheyenne Thornton for reviewing the book.

Exploring Being Autistic – an article

Our Exploring Being Autistic programme is featured in an article in a recent edition of Scottish Autism‘s Share magazine. You can read the article here.

Until last year, Exploring Being Autistic was run as an in-person 10 week programme for people (often newly) identifying or diagnosed as autistic. Over this past year, we’ve needed to rethink how we do things, so the programme has moved to an online space for the first time. Importantly, Exploring Being Autistic is an autistic-led programme. You can read/hear feedback from previous participants here.

“An absolutely brilliant book, with each contributor helping you to learn something more about autism.”

From Discovery To Acceptance

“An absolutely brilliant book, with each contributor helping you to learn something more about autism.”

Dinah Murray, Founder of the National Autistic Taskforce​​

“For many adults on the autism spectrum, diagnosis is a profound and liberating moment of self-recognition. But it’s also just the first step on a journey that lasts a lifetime.”

Steve Silberman, Author of Neurotribes