Autism Support In East Dunbartonshire

Existing Support

EDICT has been supporting young people on the Autism Spectrum since the earliest days of the organisation. It became clear to us very quickly that the few services which did exist for this group tended to attempt to "fix" the idiosyncratic elements of behaviour. What appeared to be lacking was an opportunity for the young people just to be themselves, and indeed to let off steam.

Most of the young people have experienced significant degrees of bullying and isolation and had become cut off with no obvious peer group.

Allowing them to make the studio space their own, created the opportunity  for them to develop the kind of informal social links which other young people take for granted, thereby enabling them to practice the social protocols which often puzzle them.

New Autism Hub


The aim of our project is to create a hub for children and young people on the autism spectrum living in East Dunbartonshire. The principle idea is to provide a meeting place; a social environment which caters for the interests of the autism community (gaming, collecting, comic books, card duelling etc). Our aim is to make it their place; a place where they feel at ease, which caters for their interests and where they can, if they wish, engage with others who share those interests. Confident that this can be achieved, our plan is that the hub would also function as a more comfortable environment in which to meet and engage with other support services and act as a conduit for information and other vocational/educational opportunities.

The hub will also act, as with the existing autism spectrum support service, as a ‘safety valve’ for those struggling with the pressures of meeting the demands of society. Regular attendance at our existing service has provided a connection with their peer group and has contributed to an understanding of the importance of being part of a social group, leading to a reduction in social isolation and relieving pressure on their families to provide all of their social activities.

The hub would also act as a resource for parents and families to share their experiences and to participate in events designed to raise local awareness of the issues surrounding autism feeding into local and national autism strategies. The project will also seek to provide support for the extended period of pro-active parenting required for young people on the autism spectrum.

Who's signing

Kelly Quail
Martin Monaghan
Georgina Mcavoy
Heather Mcavoy
Nicola Donaghey
Margaret McAllister
Maree Matheson
Claire Doherty
Andrea Petersen
Sarah-Jane Hanlan
Sue Clark
Deborah McElhone
Andrea Lafferty
Jacqueline Tait
Katherine Rae
Stephen Reilly
Marie McConway
Katrina Smyth
Debbie Cairney
magdalena pesheva
Heather Brownlie
anne wilkinson
Christine Innes
Suzanne McGrory
Linda Stevenson
David Huddy
Karen Delaney
Gerard Carroll
Marina Martinolli
121 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Kelly Quail
    signed 2020-11-23 06:10:15 +0000
  • Martin Monaghan
    signed 2020-10-19 19:40:41 +0100
  • Georgina Mcavoy
    signed 2020-01-17 12:22:00 +0000
    Georgina Mcavoy
  • Heather Mcavoy
    signed 2020-01-16 11:20:25 +0000
  • Nicola Donaghey
    signed via 2019-12-18 16:37:39 +0000
  • Margaret McAllister
    signed 2019-05-06 07:37:49 +0100
  • Maree Matheson
    signed 2019-05-01 09:33:28 +0100
  • Claire Doherty
    signed 2019-04-29 17:10:08 +0100
  • Andrea Petersen
    signed 2019-04-26 17:02:30 +0100
  • Sarah-Jane Hanlan
    signed 2019-04-16 18:55:16 +0100
    Sounds like this could be a lifeline for many
  • Sue Clark
    signed 2019-04-16 18:28:27 +0100
  • Deborah McElhone
    signed 2019-04-15 18:33:57 +0100
  • Andrea Lafferty
    signed 2019-04-15 14:22:28 +0100
  • Jacqueline Tait
    signed 2019-04-15 13:44:55 +0100
  • Katherine Rae
    signed 2019-04-15 13:21:38 +0100
  • Stephen Reilly
    signed 2019-04-15 11:03:15 +0100
  • Marie McConway
    signed 2019-04-14 22:35:39 +0100
  • Katrina Smyth
    signed 2019-04-14 15:13:19 +0100
  • Debbie Magenta
    @Debbie_Magenta tweeted link to this page. 2019-04-13 10:53:04 +0100
    Sign the petition: Autism Support In East Dunbartonshire
  • Debbie Cairney
    signed 2019-04-13 10:52:41 +0100
  • magdalena pesheva
    signed 2019-04-13 08:31:22 +0100
  • Heather Brownlie
    signed 2019-04-12 21:29:58 +0100
  • anne wilkinson
    signed 2019-04-12 12:07:50 +0100
    sounds like a great idea, as people with autism, and their carers need all the support they can get
  • Christine Innes
    signed 2019-04-12 11:23:45 +0100
  • Suzanne McGrory
    signed 2019-04-12 10:39:30 +0100
  • Linda Stevenson
    signed 2019-04-12 09:51:11 +0100
    I see first hand the effects autism has within my family & welcome any opportunity which provides a safe environment, allowing participants to grow & develop a social circle they an thrive in.
  • David Huddy
    signed 2019-04-12 09:41:46 +0100
  • Karen Delaney
    signed 2019-04-11 21:25:59 +0100
  • Gerard Carroll
    signed 2019-04-11 17:15:57 +0100
  • Marina Martinolli
    signed 2019-04-10 14:40:50 +0100