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Autistic participation: an interview with Jack Welch and Dr Joe Long

Jack Welch has been a Youth Patron of Ambitious about Autism since June 2015 and specialises in participation and youth voice, working across a range of local and national organisations to boost the...
Dr Clare Lawrence is a Senior Lecturer in Teacher Development at Bishop Grosseteste University and the author of Autism and Flexischooling – a shared Classroom and Homeschooling approach. Here Clare...

Home education for autistic children: first choice or last resort?

Sarah-Jane Critchley is the author of A Different Joy: the Parents' Guide to Living Better With Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD and more... Here, she shares her experience of home educating her autistic...

Supporting trans and gender questioning autistic pupils

Joe Butler, special educational needs and disability consultant and trainer, explores how best to support trans or gender questioning autistic pupils in schools and gives advice and practical support...

SEND Code of Practice: advice for schools

In this article, Alex Grady, Education Development Officer at nasen Education, talks about the SEND Code of Practice and offers advice for schools still struggling to implement it. This article...

Archive of Network Autism interviews

We have been carrying out filmed interviews at our conferences for over three years, in that time we have accumulated an ever growing collection of interviews with leading autism professionals from...

Autism and diagnosis: advice for teachers

Dean Anthony Da Conceicao, Autism Helpline Adviser at the National Autistic Society, offers some advice for teachers on what to do if they suspect a child they teach may be autistic. Dean discusses...

Creating autism-friendly classrooms

David Burns, an autistic adult and member of Mensa, is the author of “Do lemons have feathers? More to autism than meets the eye”. He has written a guide which offers strategies to support autistic...

Filmed presentations from XI Autism-Europe Congress

The XI Autism-Europe Congress took place in Edinburgh this year, hosted by the National Autistic Society and with headline sponsors Axcis Education. Autism-Europe’s international congresses are...

Back to school: autism resources for school staff

Returning to school, or indeed beginning school for the first time, is a time of enormous change for autistic pupils and involves new routines, environments and people.  Here we have gathered...

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