The Asperger’s Syndrome Foundation is a small registered charity based in London, England. Founded and first chaired by Beatrice Buisseret, it was established in 2002 with the support of parents whose sons/daughters have Asperger’s Syndrome.
Currently the Foundation is Chaired by one of our Trustees, Debra Tucker.
It was developed as a result of parents experiencing a lack of specialist and quality support or services for children and adults with this condition.
Prior to the registration of the charity, the Founder showed her commitment in addressing this deficit by raising funds to sponsor the first accredited Post Graduate course in Asperger’s Syndrome. This course, which began in September 2003, is offered at Sheffield Hallam University.
The charity is run on a voluntary basis and no income is spent on wages.
What we do
We provide current and relevant information to all those seeking a better understanding of people with Asperger’s Syndrome and how best to support them. This includes research developments and available services and links.
In March 2010 a social skills group was set up for young adults on the spectrum. This takes place once a month in central London. For further details see our blog post HERE
We endeavour to answer all queries promptly.
If you would like to speak to a professional, experienced and trained in Asperger’s Syndrome or Autistic Spectrum Conditions please contact us at our email address firstname.lastname@example.org and this can be arranged by telephone, skype or face-to-face.
The ASF now has a general ADVOCACY service with access to further specialist services. All enquiries in the first instance to email@example.com
UK website address for Voiceability is https://www.voicability.org
Libra Partnership Independent Advocacy
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Independent Advocacy in Suffolk)
Meet our Trustees
All of our Trustees have experience of Aspergers Syndrome in one way or another. They either have the condition themselves, have partners or children who have the condition, or have worked with people who have the condition.
It is important to us that our Trustees have this connection with the condition because it provides them with a degree of empathy and understanding that someone without that experience may lack.
It is also important to us that our Trustees come from different walks of life so that while they share understanding, they also bring different perspectives to the decisions and activities of the Charity.
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Debra Tucker joined the Foundation as a trustee in 2003 when the charity was founded. She became Chair in 2013 and has been running their social skills Saturday Club for the last 10 years, supporting young adults with autism and their families. After a career in the theatre Debra has been teaching in mainstream education and delivering anti bullying strategies and policy to educators and children all over the UK for Kidscape. She has recently completed her MA in Autism.
Ivonne Menendez Soret is a former teacher and Independent Advocate with experience supporting young people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Ivonne has been part of the steering groups working on the Capabilities Statements for people with autism and learning differences with the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). In addition to the ASF, she has also been involved in working with charities to support families with significant needs with children between the ages of 0-18, as well as being trustee of a local women’s centre.
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Dede Watkins is marketing and business development professional with over 20 years of experience in professional services. She has been involved with the Asperger’s Syndrome Foundation for over ten years.