The charity started in 1996 and was formed by a group of parents who attended Holly House Child Development Centre, Rishton. These parents who all had children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome formed a self help support group who met on a regular basis at Hyndburn Resource Centre in Accrington. As the membership of the group increased they formed a committee and became a registered charity called CASSEL.( Children with Asperger's Syndrome Support in East Lancashire).
In 2001 the parent committee was fortunate enough to win a National Lottery Bid for £279,000. The parents then re-named the charity Action for ASD (autistic spectrum disorders) in order to fully represent its membership and it then gained its full charitable status (reg. no. 1089341). This funding helped to put Action for ASD on the map and gave them the necessary funds to employ a small team of staff to begin to develop the project and start to help other families whose lives were affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
Since 2001 Action for ASD has grown and has received funding from various sources including the Big Lottery, Three Guineas Trust, Lancashire County Council, East Lancashire CAMHS, Thwaites, Children In Need, The Cooperative Community Foundation, Lloyds TSB, Local Network Fund among others. This has allowed Action for ASD to develop and provide various services for children and young people who have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their families and carers.
From February 2007 the organisation has been based in the ARC. The Autism Resource Centre (ARC) at Kings Mill, Queen Street, Burnley, Lancs. This new facility is an old textile mill which houses our offices, Resource Library, Games Console area, Soft Play structure, Bouncy Castle, Toddler Area, Model Railway, Table Tennis, snooker/pool, kitchen, meeting and counselling room.
In 2007/2008 we were chosen as the Mayors Charity and a variety of fundraising events were held for Action for ASD raising over £17,000.
In 2009 we began a 2 year Research Project into the needs of adults with Autism. In 2010 we officially opened our new Sensory room and also plan to develop an Internet Café for the young people using our centre; funding has been secured this project and we hope to have it up and running this year.
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