Autism Eye

Autism Eye Magazine and the Autism Eye Newsletter are the UK’s biggest-circulation autism publications.

What is autism?

Autism is a developmental disability that impacts a person’s ability to communicate and relate to other people. It is a spectrum condition that includes Asperger’s syndrome.

While people on the autism spectrum have similar challenges in daily life, and while the condition will impact them in different ways, some people with the condition can lead fairly independent lives while others will require a lifetime of specialist support. Autism is not, as is commonly thought, a mental illness.

Autism is thought to affect at least 1% of the population, although this is likely to be an under-estimate. It means the condition affects at least 700,000 people in the UK.

Autism frequently co-occurs with other conditions. These include mental health issues, learning disability and epilepsy.

About Autism Eye’s founders

Autism Eye is edited by Gillian Loughran and its publisher is Gillian’s husband, Mark Hayes. Not only are they both award-winning magazine editors and writers with years of experience in the UK publishing business, but they are also the parents of Finn, their beloved son, who has autism.

Autism Eye was borne out of the frustration that Gillian and Mark felt about the lack of useful and unbiased information for parents of children with autism. Although the couple have tried a variety of interventions that have helped improve their son’s life, they found it harder than it should have been to make proper, informed judgements about how to treat their child’s autism. There has been little in-depth, rigorous coverage available about therapies and educational interventions.

Autism Eye aims to change that scenario by keeping parents informed about the best treatments for their child – and to help them avoid the worst.

We also aim to help professionals, such as special educational needs teachers, by sharing expertise and keeping them up to date with developments that could assist them in working with children and young people with autism.

We are entirely independent. What we write about is unbiased. There is no influence from advertisers over which treatments we write about.

Autism Eye today

There is so much that parents and professionals can do to improve the lives of children and young people with autism.

Autism Eye, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, covers a wide range of topics. These include education, events, therapies, the latest research, diet and nutrition, health, biomedical interventions, legal advice, books, sensory issues and useful products.

We also provide an Education & Support Finder. This enables visitors to our website to find schools, colleges and support organisations in their area and throughout the UK.

A few years ago, we decided to make the information we offer as accessible as possible. This has resulted in making our digital subscriptions free of charge. You can sign up on our home page at

If you are a parent of a child or young person with autism, or a professional who works with autistic people, we hope that you sign up for our free subscriptions and find the information we provide useful in your everyday lives.

Free subscriptions

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