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PDA Society
Services and organisations that have the Local Offer flash have filled out inclusion information, meaning that they meet the needs of people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) is widely understood to be a profile on the autism spectrum. PDA individuals share characteristics with others on the spectrum and also have a distinct cluster of additional traits.

The organisation was first established in 1997 by parents of children with a PDA profile of autism. The PDA Society became a registered charity in January 2016. We provide information, support and training for those living and working with PDA and work to raise awareness, increase acceptance and empower people to take action in relation to PDA.

Who to contact

PDA Society's facebook page

Inclusion details

How we make our service inclusive
  • Supporting discussions around people’s experiences of living and working with PDA
  • Providing support to those living and working with PDA
  • Campaigning for greater recognition of the PDA profile of autism
  • Providing training for different audiences
  • Sharing good practice and supportive ideas
  • Developing new resources and tools which can aid understanding
  • Collaborating with professionals as part of the PDA Development Group
  • Organising an annual PDA day and biennial conference
  • Working in partnership with other organisations, providing PDA expertise, in order to improve services
  • Helping to increase understanding through research
Staff SEND experience

Our enquiry line team consists of designated trustees and volunteers who are all parents of children or young adults with a PDA profile of autism. All team members have had the appropriate training to deal with your enquiry in a supportive, caring and confidential manner.

Support at key transition points

We provide information, support and training for people living and working with PDA.

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