Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who are we and what do we do?
Autistic Parents UK (APUK), is a user-led non-profit organisation aiming to build support for Autistic parents (parents who are Autistic themselves) in the UK. Parenthood can be an amazing yet challenging time for all, but Autistic people may experience specific challenges and often lack effective support from family, friends and professionals.
APUK was set up by a group of Autistic parents in the West Midlands area, who felt a gap in support available for both Autistic adults and parents. After months of planning, the organisation officially formed in November 2020.
As APUK is in the early stages of development, we are trialling a number of different methods of supporting and facilitating mutual peer support connections. We work reflectively and flexibly with our members to move towards being inclusive of the needs of all individuals in the community we build together.
As well as facilitating a peer support network, APUK is committed to supporting Autistic parents in a number of ways, including:
- regular blog articles, from Autistic parents sharing lived experience
- monthly webinars with well-known Autistic Advocates
- free-to-access training for parents (such as perinatal education and approaches to parenthood workshops)
- training and supervision for professionals
- monthly giveaways to increase accessibility to literature and support relevant to Autistic parents
Do we support parents of Autistic children?
Yes, if the parents are also Autistic themselves.
What is our view on Autism?
Autistic Parents UK supports the Neurodiversity paradigm, and positive Autistic identity through the lens of the social model of disability.
Do you offer therapy?
What are your group rules and guidelines?
We aim to keep all of our groups a safe place for all and support the development of trust and enable us to share our thoughts and feelings with each other. Each individual group facilitated by Autistic Parents UK will be invited to add to or challenge any of the rules or guidelines.
How do you protect my information?
I would like to join one of your webinars, how do get a free members ticket?
You may select a free members ticket on our eventbrite listings.
Being a member of our Autistic parents (parents who are Autistic) only Facebook group.
Being an Autistic parent living in the UK (tickets will be confirmed after contact is made with us by email or on our contact page).