A support group which has seen a 600% rise in demand for its services and a big drop in income says it is now struggling to provide families with the help they need.
Daisy Chain offers advice and activities for children and young people with autism. The charity, based on Teesside, says more youngsters are now being diagnosed with the condition and it has more than 50 families waiting to join up.
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