Polly Tommey established The Autism Trust in 2007 after her son Billy was diagnosed with autism.
"Being told that your precious child has autism can be heartbreaking and frightening. My son Billy was diagnosed with severe autism when he was just over two years old. That was back in 1998. I am happy to say that we have come a long way since that time. He is now 15 years old and is described as "high functioning" and his progress is ongoing. That progress is due in no small part to the excellent biomedical and educational interventions we were able to access for him."
Through a variety of campaigns, we raised awareness about autism.
In June 2012, we established the UK headquarters in Sunninghill complete with a Polly's Place social enterprise shop featuring handmade products beautifully crafted by people with autism, Asperger's and related conditions and their families. Our building is also a training centre where young adults with autism can practice vocational skills, job training and work towards an ASDAN certificate.