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  • National Autistic Society  Aims to provide individuals with autism and their families with help, support and services which can make a positive difference to their lives.
  • Afasic  Established in 1968, to help children and young people disability of speech and communication, their families and the professionals working with them. Offers a range of services and information that include a helpline, publications, support groups, online message boards and membership.
  • The Scottish Society for Autism  Established in 1968, working with individuals of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families and carers.
  • PARIS  Public Autism Resource and Information Service.
  • Mind Room  Mindroom is a charity aimed at helping children and adults with learning difficulties. Organises conferences, planned for new diagnosis and school centres in Scotland. Based in Edinburgh.
  • Lothian Autistic Society  To make a positive difference in the lives of children and young people with an Autism Spectrum Condition and their families and carers by providing accessible high quality autism-specific support services in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
  • Scotland Adventure Yard (no web site)  Aims to provide adventure play opportunities for children & young people with special needs, in an exciting and supportive environment. Indoor & outdoor play facilities. Tel: (0131) 476 4506.
  • Orcadia  Communication, play, arts (music, movement, visual) and education programmes for children and adults with learning disabilities. Also a trampoline centre. Edinburgh based. Tel: (0131) 669 1075.
  • Action Group  Offers many services; welfare rights, jobs, housing, children and families, play scheme, community care right projects, respite.
  • PRAGMA  Offers client specific, unbiased, objective advice and support to parents and carers of children with special needs, educational establishments and agencies. Edinburgh based.
  • FAIR  Information for people with learning disabilities, carers, and professionals in Edinburgh. Provide advice on benefits, holidays, education, work, leisure.
  • Treating Autism  Treating Autism is a UK based charity whose purpose is to help people with autism and their families reach their fullest potential. The charity is run by parents and aims to promote biomedical treatment of autism. It offers support and provides information on issues such as digestion, constipation, inflammation, nutritional deficiencies, anxiety and self-injuring. The charity organises conferences, social networking sites, and provides its members with newsletters and local parent-to-parent support groups. More information available on the Treating Autism website.