Our vision and values

Include ‘In’ Autism is a community interest company (CIC) dedicated to empowering people who are autistic to lead fuller lives through positive life and personal experiences and support for their families and carers. We are committed to providing the most appropriate support and care at every stage in a person’s life through ‘The Launchpad Pathway’. The pathway provides a clear progression through our services, which enables the people that we support to negotiate successfully the sometimes challenging transitional stages between childhood and adulthood.

Our Mission Statement

Our goal is not to ‘fix’ people but to build effective environments where the person can grow confidently, and to blossom whichever way they choose.


Include ‘In’ Autism is a professional, person-centred organisation that takes pride as being unique in its ethos and the only organisation of its kind serving the North East of England.

Include ‘In’ Autism is an early intervention, crisis prevention supporting organisation run by a group of volunteers in a variety of sectors that aim to be the first line of support for the autistic person of today.

The group consists of many projects and based currently within Downhill Centre of Sunderland with the prospects of reaching wider communities to span the entire north east.

Our outreach support currently spans from the outskirts of Darlington to the Scottish borders.

The organisation takes pride in its current success stories, leading families and individuals alike to independence working with the individual as well as for the individual. Include ‘In’ Autism acts as advocates and professionals in respect of diagnosis procedures and support of the individuals whom use the service. Include ‘In’ Autism works alongside other organisations to be the best and offer a wrap-around non judgemental service that encapsulates the needs of today.

Running activity groups for young people that allow active observation of behaviour and emotional, psychological and physical needs drives our service to success whilst our outreach and inreach services provide the support and advice/guidance needed on a 1:1 basis. Individual key workers under management from professionals are trained in safeguarding and autism awareness to give the required services to those they have a close relationship working on trust and interpersonal skills. All of their volunteers have a keen understanding from both professional and personal involvement of autism care and support to drive our pathway to success.

From Include ‘In’ Autism:

Our events are posted pro rata on our official Facebook page and these activities enable our younger service users to a safe space where they along with their families can be understood, relax, play and also learn new skills. Each day is a different activity and all activities will conform to a plan that coincides with the individuals strategies.

We have success stories working with individuals in their place of work, working with children under child protection and assessments under mental health team. We are a trusted organisation from those we support and advocate for their needs when they feel their voices are not heard. We work with individuals awaiting diagnosis, individuals whom are having problems with police and young offenders, also adult support. We have prevented unnecessary police action or hospital intervention from detainment under mental health act.

Monday – Saturday (08.00am-06.00pm)


The Downhill Centre
Kilarney Square