About ALAG

    ALAG started off as an offshoot of Autism London, formerly the North East London Autistic Society (NELAS) based in Walthamstow. This organisation was set up in the late eighties to offer support and advice to those on the autistic spectrum and their carers as there was little provision for this at the time.

    In 1996, due to increased demand, NELAS became London-wide changing its name to Autism London. Two years later the main office moved to Islington and by then the members of staff had increased from the original two to five enabling the society to widen its net accordingly. During this period several regional support groups were started for parents as well as a scheme known as 'Propeller' which was involved in the development of workshops for children on the spectrum.

    In February 2002 the support and social group known as ALAG was started for adults on the autistic spectrum. The group was launched as a result of numerous requests from Autism London members and their carers desperately looking for adult support. 

    In 2003 Autism London became a subsidiary of MCCH, a Kent based organisation running homes for those with learning difficulties. In 2006 the Autism London office moved briefly to Woodford Bridge before returning to Islington where a small room was found for the purpose. Sadly this office had to close in 2011 as the building was earmarked for demolition. During the time at Islington ALAG meetings were held in another part of the building. When the closed closed in 2011 ALAG moved to Kentish Town before returning to another venue in Islington where the group is now based. It was also during this period that a planning committee was formed as a result of the increasing membership of the group. Since then ALAG has been involved in projects including 'Skills for Work', helping members to obtain employment and 'Living in Fear', which liaises with the police so that they can identify someone with autism should they come up against the criminal justice system.

    In August 2014, ALAG became independent of MCCH and is at present seeking further funding in order to expand its services and activities.