Our vision, mission and aims

AGN has been a registered charity since November 2021, although we have been supporting autistic individuals as an organisation since 2017. We take pride in being autistic and neurodivergent-led, aiming to co-produce all our services with our community. We frequently seek feedback and ideas from our Facebook group, where 66% of members are neurodivergent and another 16% are exploring whether they might be. Combined with our in-person groups, peer support groups, and mentees, this provides a robust foundation to develop and refine services that meet the needs and goals of our community.

Our Vision

We empower, support and provide community for autistic women, girls and their families, advocating for the change necessary to build in a world in which they can flourish on their own terms.

Our Mission

To support autistic women, girls and their families by providing education, resources and community, helping them develop a positive sense of self.

Our Aims

  • 1

    Promote awareness, understanding and acceptance: Increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of autism in girls, women and non-binary people among the general public, educators, healthcare professionals, and policymakers.

  • 2

    Provide Support Services: Offer a range of support services tailored to the unique needs of autistic girls, women and non-binary people, including mentoring programmes, age-specific groups, and peer support groups.

  • 3

    Empowerment through Education: Provide educational resources and workshops to empower autistic girls, women and non-binary people to understand their strengths, advocate for themselves, and navigate social and academic environments successfully.

  • 4

    Advocacy and Policy Change: Advocate for policies and practices that promote inclusion, accessibility, and acceptance for autistic individuals in schools, workplaces, and communities.

  • 5

    Community Building: Create a supportive and inclusive community for autistic girls, women and non-binary people to connect, share experiences, and build friendships in a safe and understanding environment.

  • 6

    Address Intersectionality: Recognize and address the intersectional experiences of autistic girls, women and non-binary people, including those from marginalised backgrounds, and work towards creating equitable opportunities and support.

  • 7

    Research and Knowledge Sharing: Support and engage in research initiatives focused on understanding the unique needs and experiences of autistic girls, women and non-binary people, and share findings to inform best practices and policies.

  • 8

    Collaboration and Partnerships: Collaborate with other organisations, professionals, and advocates in the autism community to amplify voices, share resources, and work towards common goals of acceptance and inclusion.

  • 9

    Celebrate Diversity: Celebrate the diversity within the autistic community and promote acceptance of all individuals regardless of their neurodiversity, gender identity, race, ethnicity, or other characteristics.

  • 10

    Long-term Sustainability: Ensure the long-term sustainability and growth of Autistic Girls Network through effective fundraising, strategic planning, and organisational development initiatives.