AW_logoFounded in 1968 by parents of children with autism, Autism Wessex is the regional charity providing high quality specialist services for people affected by autism and associated difficulties across the counties of Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.

What We Do

Our help is varied and far reaching. We provide three main areas of support:

  • Portfield School for education, residential and respite care
  • Community Wessex for social care services
  • Advocacy and Advice services

Our services are available to anyone who needs it – people with autism and associated difficulties, families and professionals. Anyone affected by autism can rely on us for support.

What We Believe

While there is no cure for autism, we believe that with appropriate education, support or care and by making the world an easier place to understand, the impact of autism can be reduced and people with autism can be active citizens enjoying maximum independence and a good quality of life.