The ACC has been established by Autistic people for Autistic people.

It is a non-profit making organisation that is currently registering as a charity that seeks to build a sense of community among the Autistic population of Cornwall including linking people together to provide kinship, mutual support, and practical advice.

Our members are also involved in delivering training, advocacy and consultation with various services and decision makers.

We are closely aligned to the Cornwall branch of the National Autistic Society.

We are currently developing a mentorship and advocacy service to arrange peer support for individuals who would like to talk directly to another Autistic person. This is often valued by people who are newly diagnosed or have recently decided to self-identify as Autistic.

Future plans include mobile and permanent Autistic coffee shops where individuals from all walks of life can meet up with their neurokin in a relaxed and supportive environment. We think that this kind of facility is very much needed as feedback from many Autistic people regarding how they develop coping strategies for living in a non-Autistic world is dependant more on what they learn from other Autistic people as opposed to ‘therapy’ and ‘training’ often designed and provided by non-Autistic people.

Who we are

ACC directors are all Autistic and are involved in a number of Autism related services and initiatives

Ian Hutchinson ACC Director

Ian has worked within the NHS for many years as a Specialist Clinician and currently functions as a diagnostician within the Cornwall NHS adult Autism assessment service. He is a National Autistic Society member , sitting on the committee of the Cornwall branch and is a facilitator with Youth Art Connect. Ian is the ACC’s mentorship and support coordinator and has a particular interest in the nature and quality of support available to people following confirmation of their Autistic identity.

Marie Ralph ACC Director

Marie has been active for many years in relation to providing support, advice and advocacy to young people, adults and families with a focus on holding local service to account and promoting non discriminatory practice on the part of organisations, services and local communities. She is the chair of Tourette's Action Cornwall and founder member of Youth Art Connect in addition to being the Chair of the National Autistic Society Cornwall branch. She has a particular interest in how the educational needs of young Autistic people are met. Marie provides bespoke Autism training as an independent Autistic expert.

Tigger Pritchard ACC Director

Tigger is well known within Cornwall, across the UK and beyond for his many years of work within the Autistic community. In addition to being a National Autistic Society Cornwall branch committee member Tigger is involved with several innovative organisations that are aligned with the neurodiversity movement that advocates for understanding based upon difference and not dysfunction. Through his own independent consultancy, he provides Autism and related training as well as commissioned work with individuals and families. Tigger has developed an excellent website with links to information and other useful resources for the Autistic community that can be accessed free of charge by all:

If you are interested in any of the following, please contact us!

  • Being linked up with a mentor or advocate

  • Signposting to members who can provide training designed and delivered by Autistic people

  • Signposting to members who can provide advice for strategic planning and service development