MEfA champions the cause of children with autism at home, at school and beyond.

As an independent charity we receive no government funding and we are not underwritten financially by any external party. We rely on public donations, family contributions and grant funding to deliver and campaign for good mental health for children and families with autism. 


Welcome to MEfA Montessori - the support site for families,  special educators, policy makers and press organisations who are eager to make a difference for children, young people and adults with autism and other special educational needs.


MEfA will champion the cause of children with autism at home, in their schooling and beyond.


MEfA will foster the educational and social development of autistic children through the achievement of a climate in which autism is recognised, understood and accepted as a valued human attribute and in which the special needs of autistic children are met fully, effectively and with generosity.


Who do you know with autism? Everybody knows someone with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism is an internationally recognised condition which knows no social, economic or geographic boundaries and affects as many as 10% of children and adults to a lesser or greater extent. Difficulties arise with social, communication, language and sensory development and there are often difficulties with body language and physical coordination too.

What does MEfA do? MEfA assists the education of children with autism (and conditions related to autism) through methods of learning and education developed by Maria Montessori and in connection with this:

  • we provide advice and support to families and carers of children with Autism;
  • we provide information, advisory and advocacy services, training, day services, education, leisure and recreation for children with autism and we support others making similar provision;
  • we promote, conduct and engage in research into autism, and we publish the useful results of such research;
  • we collect and disseminate information relating to autism and we exchange such information with other bodies having similar objects.


 MEfA Patron: Phyllis Wallbank MBE

Montessori Education for Autism (MEfA)

UK Charity Commission No: 1136552

Administration Office:

 Montessori House 135 Westcombe Hill, Blackheath,             London SE3 7DP United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 208 305 2202 / +44  (0) 7710433994