The UCL Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) is based within the Department of Psychology and Human Development at UCL Institute of Education. Our mission is to improve the lives of autistic people and their families through research.

We conduct ground-breaking scientific research to enhance our knowledge about support, education and outcomes for autistic people, their families and those who support them. This research is participatory in nature; doing research with autistic people, rather than on, about or for them.

We work to ensure that this evidence-based knowledge is translated so that it can have meaningful impact and make a real difference to people’s everyday lives. 

We actively engage with autistic people and their allies (e.g., families, educators, clinicians), as well as policy-makers and the wider public, to promote awareness – and acceptance – of autism. We achieve this through collaborative research practice, sharing of knowledge and hosting an active programme of public engagement events.

CRAE was established in 2009, with the help of generous donations from The Clothworkers’ FoundationPears Foundation and Kirby Laing Foundation. We are also extremely grateful to the ongoing support from our funders, including Pears Foundation, Ambitious about Autism, AutisticaThe Bloomsbury CollegesThe British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), European Research CouncilNational Institute of Health Research (NIHR), UCL Grand ChallengesWellcome Trust, friends and alumni of the Institute.

We are indebted to the fabulous children, young people and adults, as well as families, professionals, and schools, who so generously give up their time to work with us.

If you would like to contribute to the work carried out at CRAE, you can give online today. If you’d like to take part in our research, please fill out this form.