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Autus – The Hao2 Foundation

Autus is a small charity creating exciting opportunities for growth, learning and work for young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions.

Using our innovative and engaging virtual environment we offer a range of programmes and activities to help build confidence and develop social communication, digital and employability skills.

Who to contact

0208 649 6294

Where to go


Our courses are predominantly accessed from a home connection and participants need to have access to a multimedia PC and basic IT skills including elementary knowledge of how to use email, the internet and instant messaging chat. If these are barriers to access, we can work with individuals to identify local community centres that can help them overcome these barriers to participation by creating local digital access points.

Other Details



See website


Other notes

We can tailor courses to suit participants in a variety of ways. Course content can be specialised to suit individual skills or interests e.g. coding, graphic design, writing etc. Session times are flexible to fit around participants’ lives and suit individual variations in learning speed. Because courses take place online, the physical location where the individual participates can be adapted to suit his or her needs. The course can also be tailored to take individual social confidence levels into account, with the ability to communicate via text rather than voice (but the option of building up to voice later on) and the option of working on a one-to-one basis at first and then building up to group sessions. We focus on quality of provision, not quantity of learners or qualifications.

Local Offer

Local Offer Record

Our services include:

Job Club – A weekly online social gathering to support people seeking or just starting employment.

Access to Work - Funded by an individual’s Access to Work grant, Autus can provide a wide range of support including disability awareness training for your employer, mentoring support and one to one job coaching to help you transition into your role.

Accredited Courses - Autus can help you to gain nationally recognised qualifications without the need for you to attend a busy college site. Our most popular programmes include Employability Skills, Leadership Skills and Personal Progress, however we offer more including IT Qualifications.

Job Coaching - Our one to one job coaching is designed to help you to set and achieve professional goals and transition into work. Your coach will work in partnership with you, providing personalised support, guidance and motivation to facilitate your growth and progression.

Short Courses - Join peers seeking to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in areas such as personal finance, managing stress, coping with change, interviewing skills, effective communication and employment rights. Courses are informative, practical and fun, lasting up to an hour.

Skills Programmes - The 3D Autus Campus is the perfect environment for you to safely develop and practise skills for work and independent living. With environments such as boardrooms, shops, banks and healthcare facilities, we have created what you need for 'in context' role play with our one of our mentors. In small groups or 1:1 we can help you with skills for independent living and work.


MentorMe 3D – E-mentoring scheme matching people seriously considering a career in IT with a professional in the IT sector. We will provide a safe online space for you and your mentor to meet regularly and support you as you work towards achieving your professional goals.  

Contact Name
Tim Carrington
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
Autus website
Local Offer Age Bands
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
SEN Provision Type
Speech & Language Difficulties
Behavioural, Emotional & Social Difficulties
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Moderate Learning Difficulties

General Provider response 

Is your service accessible?
Building accessibility is not an issue because our courses are delivered online and can therefore be accessed at a physical location to suit participants.

What are the eligibility criteria for your service?
Individuals with autism decide whether they want to use our service and subject to availability, we provide the service to them in a way that will best meet their needs. Our taster sessions have been designed to enable individuals to get 1:1 support to try our services so they can then make an informed decision about whether they will meet their needs and which of our courses / support services they should progress on to.

How are referrals/applications made to your service?
We encourage individuals to consult with and get input from parents/carers/support workers and where the courses are being funded from public sources, we encourage referrals through multi disciplinary processes and use of education health and care plans. All decision making processes are designed to support active involvement individuals and their parents/carers. We communicate with people in the way they prefer as much as possible.

What is your service standard for responding to referrals/accessing services?
We have no waiting list. Our standard is to respond to telephone and email queries within one working day.

Details of charges
Courses can be funded out of personal budgets. If you want to participate in one of our courses but funding is a problem, please contact Autus and we shall work to identify potential sources of funding.

Inspection outcomes/quality awards
Nominet Trust CBI award for our 3DNovations virtual world learning platform.

Feedback and complaints procedure
If you have a complaint, the procedure to follow is: 1. Please set out the details of your complaint in writing to the Director of Operations and Development of Ltd, who has the responsibility of monitoring service quality and improvement. Although we do accept anonymous complaints it is much more difficult for us to effectively deal with issues raised on this basis. 2. We will give an initial response to your complaint within 3 working days. This will set out who will be dealing with your complaint and your point of contact for the matter. Your point of contact will keep you informed of the progress of your complaint and is there to answer any questions or concerns you may have. 3. A full investigation by the Director of Operations and Development into the matters raised over the next 10 working days which will involve us discussing the complaint with all relevant parties and we may in this time contact you for further clarification. We will use this time to gather all relevant information relating to your complaint. If further time is needed to conduct our investigations you will be notified and advised of a realistic timescale. 4. Possible outcomes or results of complaints: we hope to resolve complaints to the satisfaction of all parties on an informal basis. Where this is not suitable the company director and senior managers will determine an appropriate course of action. Whatever the outcome, you will be informed in writing. 5. The following is a non-exhaustive list of possible outcomes (formal and informal) a. An explanation or apology b. A review of a current company policy, custom or practice c. Disciplinary action taken against a staff member d. Closure of complaint without action All complaints will be dealt with on a confidential basis.

How will I know my child will be safe using this service? and Autus take their statutory duties very seriously and ensures its entire staff and trainees are thoroughly inducted and trained in this area. Copies of all our policies, including our safeguarding and health and safety policies, are available through our website or on request.

Last Update: 15/04/2021

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