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Here you can read guidance for professionals working in the field of autism including statutory guidance, professional advice and legal information. Find out how you can contribute and share your work. 

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Supporting autistic pupils with exams

Carla Manini-Rowden, Education Rights and Lifelong Learning Services Manager at the National Autistic Society, discusses how schools and teachers can support autistic pupils to prepare for and sit...

A review of residential special schools and colleges in England

Dame Christine Lenehan is Director of the Council for Disabled Children. She was asked by the Department for Education to carry out a review of the experiences and outcomes of children and young...

Additional Support for Learning in mainstream schools

David MacKenzie, Policy and Public Affairs Officer for the National Autistic Society Scotland, looks at the recent Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee report, How is Additional Support...

Making Transforming Care work for autistic people

Tim Nicholls, Policy Manager at The National Autistic Society, discusses their latest report, Transforming Care: our stories, which makes six key overarching recommendations to improve inpatient care...

Personal Independence Payment: challenging a decision

In this article, Jane Owen-Pam, former National Autistic Society's Welfare Rights Co-ordinator, provides information to help professionals support autistic people and their carers when applying for...

The social care landscape in England

Tim Nicholls, Policy Manager for The National Autistic Society, reports on social care provision for autistic adults in England, two years after the introduction of the Care Act.  Download a PDF of...

The Welsh Integrated Autism Service

Johanna Manikiza, National ASD Development Lead for the Welsh Local Government Association, discusses the development of the Integrated Autism Service for Wales which aims to support autistic people...

Autism-friendly apprenticeships

Tim Nicholls, Policy Manager at the National Autistic Society, sets out key principles that should be considered when setting up apprenticeships for autistic people, based on the recommendations they...

Leaving school: transition planning for autistic pupils

Rachel Babbidge, Transition Support Service Coordinator at the National Autistic Society, explains how to use a person centred planning approach to support young people as they transition into...

Autism toolkits for legal advocates

The Advocates Gateway (TAG) offers a range of good practice guidance for interviewing witnesses and defendants with communication needs.   TAG have recently published a toolkit for legal advocates...

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