The origins of the charity started back in the early 1970’s 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.

Essex Norfolk
1973 – Two sets of parents with newly diagnosed children setup up the Essex Society for Autistic Children 1970 – The Norwich and Norfolk Society for Autistic Children was formed by five families affected by autism
1977 – Doucecroft School opened in Kelvedon for children up to 16 years old 1983 – Norfolk Autistic Community Housing Association (NACHA) formed to provide residential homes to people with autism
1983 – Provision extended to include services for young adults with an Adult Life Care Centre and the name was changed to The Essex Autistic Society 1983 – The Norwich and Norfolk Society for Autistic Children changed its name to the Norfolk Autistic Society
1999 – Further Education facilities for 16-19 year olds given a dedicated campus in Kelvedon 1994 – The Norfolk Autistic Society Trust Fund established to benefit people with autism and their families
2004 – Family Support service launched to help individuals and families affected by autism 2004 – Family Support service launched to help individuals and families affected by autism
2005 – Doucecroft School moved from Kelvedon to purpose built facilities in Eight Ash Green 2004 – Through a collaboration the Norfolk Autistic Society provided short breaks for children with autism and learning disabilities

2008 – A New Era

On 29 February 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.
On 31 August The Norfolk Autistic Society merged with Autism Anglia.