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Simplyhealth supports information line for those affected by autism

April 2, 2016

A press release, published to mark World Autism Day.


A vital information service to help people living with, or caring for someone with autism, will benefit from a donation of £12,820 from the UK’s leading cash plan provider Simplyhealth.

Research Autism, a charity dedicated to research into interventions in autism, runs an Information Service which provides unbiased, trustworthy information to help people living with autism. The funds will support the next stage of developing practical and accessible information resources, to enable autistic people and their families to make informed, safe decisions around treatments, approaches and therapies. The charity works closely with the autism community and is passionate about its aim to address real issues and improve the quality of life for people on the autism spectrum.

Richard Mills, Research Director from Research Autism comments: “Following diagnosis of autism, parents face an enormous struggle to know how to best help their child. There is so much information out there but much of it is trying to sell or promote particular approaches, often without sufficient evidence to support claims made or regard for the highly individual nature of each child. False or misleading claims are common and some treatments can even be hazardous. We work hard to ensure our impartiality and integrity of our service.

“This generous donation from Simplyhealth will allow us to invest in strengthening the Information Service and growing our reach and accessibility, empowering the autism community and informing professionals.”

Mark Hamson, Chairman of Simplyhealth Charitable Committee adds: “It’s clear that people living with, or caring for someone with autism need practical solutions to help with the everyday problems they face, and not knowing where to go to receive information and guidance which they can trust can be a reality for many. Research Autism’s one point of call for these individuals will make a significant difference to their lives, and we’re very proud to support them on that journey.”

Autism is a condition which affects how a person communicates with, and relates to other people and also how they make sense of the world around them, and is estimated to affect one in every 100 people . Research Autism is the only UK charity exclusively dedicated to research into interventions in autism. Its website is accredited with the NHS Information Standard (currently the only autism charity in the UK to have achieved this), and receives over 40,000 visits each month.

The Information Service provides information on a wide array of interventions and techniques available to people on the autistic spectrum such as animal therapies, dietary supplements and social skills group. It evaluates the effectiveness of these interventions based on scientific research and evidence. The Information and Advice Service also hosts Online Q&A sessions with leading experts, giving people the opportunity to have questions answered on issues that really matter to them.

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