Our founder, Campbell Main, set up Autism Community Network CIC on 30th December 2011. Trading as Autism Somerset, the original website began life in response to the NICE Guidelines and the Autism Act.
In January 2016 Allison Ward joined the team. Due to ill health, Campbell sadly resigned but continued to advise us and hold local authority to account. Then in December 2018 Stephen Bradshaw joined us after a long and successful career setting up and running special schools and residential care for both children and adults.
Our steering group is made up of experts with lived experience with autism, ADHD, learning disabilities and being parent carers.
At Autism Somerset, our mission is to create a community that is more accepting and informed regarding neurodiversity and mental health.
We are passionate about our new project managing and implementing the delivery of the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disabilities and Autism, which has been developed with people with a learning disability, autistic people, family carers and people working within learning disability and autism services.