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Pictures of Kate Laine-Toner with her daughter, British Citizen Award and Queens Award for Voluntary Service
About Kate Laine-Toner

When my daughter was diagnosed at the age of two in 2012, I felt lost and alone. Like most parents of autistic children, I didn’t know anything about autism.

Around this time, I set up a parent support charity called Bristol Autism Support. I ran the charity for ten years, leaving in 2022 to pursue writing and parent/carer training and support.

Over the ten years I was with BAS, I supported over 3,000 parents and carers. I learned so much from them and from my own experiences as a parent and an autistic adult.

In 2022 I was given a British Citizen Award for the 20,000+ hours of volunteer service I devoted to parents and carers of autistic children during my time at BAS. In February 2023, I accepted the Queens Award for Voluntary Service on behalf of the charity.

My book, Where do I start? How to navigate the emotional journey of autism parenting will be published by Jessica Kingsley Publishing in September 2023.

The goal of Autism… Where do I start? is to support parents, carers and guardians of autistic children, wherever they are on the journey. My hope is that my training and books help you feel empowered, confident and seen.