Number 6 One-Stop Shop

Number 6 is a service for adults (16 and over) with High Functioning Autism (HFA) or Asperger Syndrome (AS) who live in the Lothians and the Borders. The service is provided by Autism Initiatives UK and was officially launched in June 2005, with the opening of the Number 6 One-Stop Shop.

There are now three distinctive strands within Number 6:
One-Stop Shop (providing free social opportunities and 1-1 advice and support on a range of issues);
Outreach (funded packages of 1-1 support);

Anyone interested in using the services at Number 6 should book an appointment to meet with a member of staff, who will give you a brief induction to the resources available.


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With the kind efforts of one of our volunteers, Number 6 would like to offer you the chance to take part in our bespoke Photoshop tuition which we will look to begin running in April. You tell us what you’d like to achieve and our volunteer will prepare a short course that will teach you how. The course will be about 6 weeks long and will be a mixture of face-to-face tuition and online tutorials where our volunteer will give you tuition via skype. There’ll be homework assignments with feedback, and online tutorials. If you’re interested please let us know and most importantly what you would like to learn. Here are some suggestions but remember these are ideas and we want to hear what you want to learn!

Create stunning black and white photos, make and colour your own drawings, improve your portraits and create photos people would love to have, create beautifully coloured pictures, make your own layouts for magazine covers, websites, or brochures.

At this stage, if you would like to find out more please contact Stew.

Asperger Syndrome and Employment Research

I am currently conducting masters research on "Asperger's Syndrome (hereafter "AS") and Employment. I have to date interviewed representatives from a number of organisations in the central belt (thanks) and I have some more interviews to conduct.

As part of this project, an online questionnaire has been set up to provide the opportunity for individuals with a diagnosis of AS (or similar) to record their experiences of unemployment, employment and education. I am writing to ask you to promote this online questionnaire amongst your members (by asking them to complete it where appropriate and also to cascade it to the users of their services). The link for the questionnaire is


I have also registered on Twitter as "@autruistic" to promote this study, and would appreciate it if people could follow me on that account for the same purposes: Twitter

Thanks for your help. Regards, John Currie.


There are still Number 6 2015 wall calendars available! Through the vision, hardwork and dedication of one of our service users we are pleased to bring you the Number 6 2015 wall calendar. The concept, design and art work used in the calendar was developed and produced by Ra Durhana using his own hand drawn art work. All the art work included in the calendar originates from the strict use of straight lines only, a technique that Ra studied and mastered in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Priced at just £4.50. We have a limited stock of just 100 of these prestigious calendars, so don’t delay, contact a member of staff at Hill Street and reserve your Number 6 2015 wall calendar today. All proceeds from the sale of the calendars go directly to Number 6 which will help us fund part of our summer activities in 2015..

Understanding and Working with Adults with Asperger Syndrome Course

This course is for NHS and local authority professionals from Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders regions who have a direct involvement with Adults with Asperger Syndrome, including Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Therapists, Nurses, Social Workers.

If you would like more information Click Here

STUDY - Investigating the experience of university life of students with autism (you must have attended university for at least one year)

'My name is Sarah Ashford-Smith and I am a 4th year Psychology student at Heriot Watt University. I am inviting you to take part in a study I am carrying out which is investigating the experience of university life of students with autism and students who have developed typically, attending UK based universities.

The study uses a questionnaire which includes; information about yourself, how you spend your time at university, your application to university, your adjustment to university life, your experience of lectures, the support at your university and how you feel about your course. The student experience questionnaire has 7 sections and you will be asked to complete 3 additional short questionnaires to control for mood and personality characteristics.

The study will take approximately 70 minutes to complete and there will be an option on the online survey to save it so that you can return to complete it as I recognise that this survey may take some time. Participants can be of any age and gender and we are looking for English speakers/readers.

You also do not need to have a particular type of diagnosis of autism. The only request is that you have attended university for at least one year. If you would like to take part in my study please email me on: or if you would like to contact my supervisor with any questions, instead of myself, then please email Dr Mel McKendrick:

Scottish Parliament Apprenticeship Programme

Number 6 would like to inform any one between the ages of 16 to 24 about a Scottish Parliament Apprenticeship Programme. Number 6 is planning to take anyone who would like to attend the open day as part of a group. If you are interested in attending as part of a Number 6 group please email or telephone 0131 220 1075 and ask to have your name put on the list. We need to arrange group attendance in advance so please tell us as soon as possible.

For more information please go to Scottish Paliament

Or on Twitter: @ScotParl #SPApprentices or on Facebook: scottishpaliament


Research is being undertaken into autism and anxiety. The link below is for a short survey, which asks questions about the impact of anxiety and what, if anything, has helped people with autism to manage their anxiety. If you are, or have been, affected by anxiety, and you want to take part, then click the link below. If you want to discuss this further before getting involved, then you can email or call Matthew Day - 0131 220 1075 or



We are looking for some feedback from those who use Number 6, their families and/or any relevant professionals so that we can look at how the service is currently used, what people have achieved through Number 6, and how we can improve on what we provide.

The link below will take you to a survey monkey site, and the survey shouldn’t take long to complete.


Thank you in advance.


In relation to the information provided in the February newsletter about Project Search, please be aware that only people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are resident in the City of Edinburgh council region and have a diagnosis of being on the autistic spectrum are eligible. We hope this information clarifies eligibility criteria.


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