Our Mission and HistoryMission: To support people affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorders in Greater Manchester.
ASGMA covers the geographical area of Greater Manchester covering the ten local authorities of Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Manchester Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. The society was formed in 1968 by two Manchester teachers, Roger and Betty Delahunty. They realised the importance of creating a local network of support for parents and carers of people with Autism.
The original name was The Manchester & District Society for Autistic Children.
The name was changed in 1984 to The Autistic Society for the Manchester Area and then finally in 1997 to Autistic Society Greater Manchester Area (ASGMA). In the early days we were solely reliant on volunteers to support and develop our services. However, in 1995, ASGMA ran a series of workshops for families, and in 1997 the Society was in a position to employ its first full time member of staff.
We have developed significantly over the last few years and in 1999 the Aspirations Project was launched which works directly with people with Asperger Syndrome/ Higher Functioning Autism, and was one of the first projects of its type in the country. We currently have 33 members of staff and volunteers providing activities and support.