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About Us

Our director, Debbie Huckin BEd (Hons), PGCE (Autism), has been spearheading the company since its inception in 2012. In 1997, after 14 years in secondary schools, Debbie left mainstream teaching and went on to teach in special schools. In 2004, because of her work with pupils with special needs, she was asked to join a local authority in an Advisory Teacher role to provide support and coping strategies for all the schools in the area.

Over the next few years Debbie worked as an advisor for three separate local authorities, each with its own constraints which prevented her from providing the level of support she recognised as necessary. She decided to remove some of the obstacles by working freelance.

In 2012, and built on the reputation she had created as a freelance provider, Debbie founded Autism Advice Ltd. based on her fundamental belief of not simply talking about what was needed but doing and showing.

At the end of October 2019, our director, Debbie Huckin was invited to Parliament, along with two of her students, to attend a roundtable discussion organised by Policy Connect and the HE Commission. The discussion was looking into the experience of disabled students at university.

The inquiry is supported by a number of commissioners, including representatives from the National Union of Students, Disability Rights UK, and the National Association of Disability Practitioners.

Evidence is being gathered as part of the Higher Education Commission’s Disabled Students Inquiry, which is being led by former Labour MP Lord David Blunkett, alongside Lord Norton of Louth and Kathryn Mitchell, Vice Chancellor of the University of Derby.

At the end of the session, Lord Blunkett commended Debbie on the quality of the support she provides to her students.

Debbie is a member of the National Autistic Society.

Autism Advice Ltd is accredited as Band 4 Specialist Mentor (AS) and Band 4 Specialist Study Skills Support (AS) by DSA-QAG. Our published DSA-QAG rates are available here

We are proud members of:

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The National Association of Disability Practitioners

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The Association of NMH Providers

For our mutual protection, we hold Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance.