Our History

BeyondAutism was founded as The Rainbow Charity in 2000, when a group of parents, led by Karen Sorab, established Rainbow School with just 3 pupils. Since then the charity has undergone a remarkable transformation, growing exponentially in response to need reaching over 140 learners and families across our services.

With our schools and Post-19 services established, we noticed a gap in our offering. After several successful pilots in 2017 and 2018, our Early Years provision became a permanent service in June 2018. The service has since received generous grants from Children in Need and The National Lottery Community Fund, helping to keep the service free for all who attend.

In September 2019 Early Years’ launched a pilot of the School Readiness Group to assist the transition of children with autism into mainstream primary school.

For more information on BeyondAutism’s other services, please visit our charity website.