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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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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...

Transforming Care Partnerships campaign guidance

The National Autistic Society, Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation have jointly produced a guide for people in England campaigning for an autistic person, those with a learning disability...

Review of the SEND system in England

A new report from the National Autistic Society, School Report 2016, has found many parents of autistic children are still facing long and often exhausting battles to get the right education and...

New Scottish guidelines on the diagnosis of autism in adults

Conor McKay, Policy and Campaigns Officer for the National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland, discusses the revised guidelines on the assessment and diagnosis of autism in Scotland, which now include...

Disclosing an autism diagnosis in school or college

Sarah-Jane Critchley is Programme Head at the Autism Education Trust, an organisation that aims to improve the education of autistic children and young people. Here she explores when and how to...

Supporting parents through an education tribunal

Carla Manini-Rowden, Education Rights & Lifelong Learning Services Manager at the National Autistic Society (NAS) offers some advice on how best to support parents through education tribunals...

Palliative and end of life care for autistic people

Jill Ferguson, Services Manager with Scottish Autism, discusses why they developed a good practice resource guide on end of life care for autistic people. She also offers some advice on providing...

Scottish education reforms - 10 years on

In this article Carla Manini-Rowden, Education Rights Lifelong Learning Services Manager at the National Autistic Society (NAS), discusses the 10th anniversary of the Education (Additional Support...

Housing with support: the options for autistic adults

In this article Clarissa Manuel-Jones, Community Care Adviser for the National Autistic Society gives a brief overview of the different housing options currently available for autistic adults. This...

Autism: A basic guide for prison officers

In this article Dr Mitzi Waltz, disability consultant, trainer and writer gives a brief overview of autism for prison officers. The guide covers various aspects of autism that may assist prison...

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