The Team

NEWS AND EVENTS - for more details see the News and Events page.


Life After School

4th Nov 2017


Join us for this one day event where we will be discussing the experiences of young people on the spectrum as they grow up. Looking at issues ranging from going to college or university, employment, social activities and vulnerabilities and the law. Speakers include those on the spectrum and professionals working with young people on the spectrum.

Book here


Puppet and Mask Drama Workshops

9th & 10th August 2017


An opportunity to devise your own play as group using puppetry, masks and drama. It aims to support those with an interest in drama to work together to build new skills both in drama and in social interaction.

Sessions are 10-3 on the 9th and 10th August in Church Walk Parish Rooms, Ulverston. The cost is £20 per session. To book please email Suzanne on


Autus Fundraising Night

3rd June 2017


Saturday, 3rd June 7pm at Millom Cricket Club! JK as Robbie Williams, top raffle prizes include spa day retreats, Tom Tom satnav, local attraction tickets, champagne teas and much much more!


Sir John Fisher Foundation Donation

23rd January 2017


The team would like to extend a big thank you to the Sir John Fisher Foundation for awarding us some funding which means we are able to continue our Monday night youth group in association with our partner Leonard Cheshire!


Boxing Club Donation

16th November 2016


We want to thank Geoff and his team at Barrow Amateur Boxing Club for the wonderful donation of £1500! We are so grateful for the support and all donations will go to supporting people with autism and their families in the local area!


Who are Autus?


The Founding Members


Jemma Swales

I am an independent autism practitioner who has been working in Cumbria with families and individuals on the spectrum since 2011. Prior to this I completed a degree in Psychology and a post graduate certificate in ASC and work at a day service in London for adults with autism and as a transition coordinator for Hertfordshire County Council supporting families with the transition from children's services to adult. I am trained in areas covering: Neuro lingusitic Programming, epilepsy management, Makaton, TEACCH, SKIP and Intensive Interaction and has an enhanced CRB check.You can find more about me at


Suzanne Steele

I am married to Andrew and I have two great boys, Phil and Joseph who has high functioning autism and complex needs. Since Joseph was diagnosed at the age of 4 years old I have spent years attending conferences and courses locally and around the country to try to expand my knowledge. I have a certificate from Birmingham university in autistic spectrum conditions and I love helping out at the Aspergers youth club. I am involved in developing Autus because I believe there is a need for a unique service with people who truly understand the needs of autistic individuals.


Donna Munro

As a parent of a child with an Autism Spectrum Condition I realized early on that I was going to have to take the lead in figuring out what was going on and organizing appropriate help. Since then I have read countless books, gone to conferences, talked to professionals and helped to organize activities and events that have made a positive difference in our lives. I believe that parents and professionals need to work together to help children with autism develop and reach their full potential. I became involved in setting up Autus because I think Autus can make a positive contribution to the lives of autistic young people in a friendly, approachable and professional manner.


Pauline Graham

I am the mother to three amazing daughters, Eleanor, Charlotte and Mary-Beth. My youngest daughter Mary-Beth is now a young adult. She was diagnosed with Kabuki Syndrome when she was 8 years old. She has profound learning and communication difficulties and associated atypical autism. I would like to share my life experiences of having a child with autism, coping with the inevitable daily challenges that autism and associated disabilities bring. I hope that with over 17 years experience of managing a private health care setting I can also bring my experience and passion for building a strong future for all our young people with autism.