The origins of the charity started back in the early 1970s with families living in Essex and Norfolk independently realising that there was no specialist provision for their children who were on the Autism Spectrum. This lack of provision resulted in two entirely separate organisations being operated and managed up until 2008 when negotiations brought about the successful merger and the formation of Autism Anglia.

From similar beginnings to where you find us now; here are the key points.


The Norwich and Norfolk Society for Autistic Children was formed by five families affected by autism.


Two sets of parents with newly diagnosed children setup up the Essex Society for Autistic Children.


Doucecroft School opened in Kelvedon for children up to 16 years old.


Provision extended to include services for young adults with an Adult Life Care Centre and the name was changed to The Essex Autistic Society.

Norfolk Autistic Community Housing Association (NACHA) formed to provide residential homes to people with autism.

The Norwich and Norfolk Society for Autistic Children changed its name to the Norfolk Autistic Society.


The Norfolk Autistic Society Trust Fund established to benefit people with autism and their families.


Further Education facilities for 16-19-year-olds given a dedicated campus in Kelvedon.


Family Support service launched to help individuals and families affected by autism.

Through collaboration, the Norfolk Autistic Society provided short breaks for children with autism and learning disabilities.


Doucecroft School moved from Kelvedon to purpose-built facilities in Eight Ash Green, Colchester.


NACHA merged with The Essex Autistic Society and the new charity changed its name on 1 May to Autism Anglia which better reflected its area of operation.

The Norfolk Autistic Society merged with Autism Anglia.


Relocation of our Century House Colchester Office a short walk away to North Hill. 

Here are some videos from the founders of the different societies that merged to form Autism Anglia: