Advisory panels

The Autism Centre of Excellence at Cambridge is designed in consultation with autistic people and their families. One of the ways we achieve this is via our Advisory panels.

The Autism Centre of Excellence at Cambridge (ACE) listens to and works with the autism community via its Advisory panels, which are made up of autistic adults, parents/carers of autistic children (including children with a learning disability or who can’t advocate for themselves), clinicians, educators, employers and researchers.

A comprehensive survey of 400 autistic people and family members identified key areas of support required. The Advisory panels use this information to help select priority projects and partnerships, ensuring all activity is conducted in an autism-friendly way and is in line with the charity’s values – respecting the dignity and rights of autistic people while promoting inclusion and well-being.

The Advisory panels consist of:

  • Steering group: autistic people and their families, as well as clinicians, educators, employers and researchers, who consult on all key aspects of our projects (meet bi-monthly online)
  • Community advisory panel: autistic adults and parents/carers of autistic children, for broader consultation on various research and support services (emailed every 4-6 weeks depending on relevance of topic to the individual).
  • Scientific and clinical panel: scientists and clinical, health and social care practitioners, who review our projects and ensure the principles  of the charity are upheld (contacted every 6-8 weeks depending on relevance of topic to the individual).

Getting involved

Applications to join the Community Advisory panel are welcome. You can be as involved as you want to be. You may register your interest by clicking here.

For more information please email:

Meet other team members

The Autism Centre of Excellence at Cambridge consists of a wide range of people, all of whom share its key vision – to enable autistic people to live life to the full. Find out more about ambassadors, trustees, advisors and the executive team. 

About Us

The Autism Centre of Excellence at Cambridge (ACE) is a science-led campaigning charity working closely with Cambridge University’s Autism Research Centre. Our aim is to improve access to high quality support and remove barriers and stigma for autistic people.

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