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Our History

We were founded in 1968 by a group of parents in Nottingham who were concerned that their children were not getting a suitable education. In 1970 we opened the first site of Sutherland House School in Carlton, Nottingham. Since then, the school has expanded to offer 94 places across 5 sites in and around Nottingham.

Autism East Midlands - Our History

In 1987 we began offering services to adults with the opening of Whitegates residential care home in Worksop. Since then our services for adults have expanded to offer residential, supported living, day services and outreach services from almost 20 sites across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

In September 2011 we opened the Work and Learn Centre in Worksop (now known as the Dukeries Autism Centre) in Worksop, which opened in September 2011.

In 2014 we relocated all our central functions under one Head Office in Creswell, near Worksop.

Autism East Midlands Timeline:

1968: The Nottingham Regional Society of Autism for Children and Adults was formed by a group of parents in Nottingham who were concerned that their children were not getting a suitable education.

1970: We opened the first site of Sutherland House School in Carlton, Nottingham. Since then, the school expanded to offer 94 places across 5 sites in and around Nottingham. The five sites remained Harby Lodge, Ravenhead, Sutherland House, Carlton & CEC.

1970’s: Elizabeth Newson Centre. Elizabeth was a development psychologist, who was instrumental in forming the Sutherland House School she remained involved with the organisation as an adviser until 2003 and was a strong supporter until her death in February 2014.The transformation of her university based clinic into a diagnostic service, which was named in her honour, is her legacy to autistic children today.

1987: We began offering services to adults with the opening of Whitegates residential care home in Worksop. Since then our services for adults expanded to offer residential, supported living, day services and outreach services from almost 20 sites across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

2011: NORSACA opened the Work and Learn Centre in Worksop (now known as the Dukeries Autism Centre) our first day service in Worksop in September of that year. Following on from that we have developed a further four: Mundy Street in Heanor, Tall Trees in Retford, Enterprise Centre, Worksop and Sherwood Centre in Mansfield Woodhouse

2013: We started the process to rebrand as Autism East Midlands a name which has brought all the services together and describes exactly what we are about and where we deliver?

2014: All our central and corporate functions re-located into one Head Office in Creswell, near Worksop.

2016: January saw the coming together of all five school sites into refurbished educational premises, in Bath Street Nottingham. Sutherland House School for the first time since 1968 had all classes under one roof, with updated facilities such as an assembly hall, gym, dining rooms, technology room and 2 sensory rooms. Nearer to all city facilities the opportunities for the students were enhanced.