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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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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...

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...

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...

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...

The new Mental Health Act Code of Practice

In this article, Victoria Butler-Cole, barrister at 39 Essex Chambers summarises key aspects of the new Mental Health Act Code of Practice as it applies to people with autism.  It looks at issues...

NAS launches Careless campaign

In this article Dan Leighton, Policy and Parliamentary Officer for the National Autistic Society (NAS) explains the latest NAS campaign, Careless. The NAS has launched it's new Careless Campaign on...
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) this week published its Quality Standard on autism setting out what good services in England for children and adults with autism should...
The November 2013 special edition of Good Autism Practice (GAP) focuses on the Scottish Autism Strategy. When the Scottish Autism Strategy was launched in November 2011, a key priority was to ensure...
The Communications Trust has published a collection of specific tools to help commissioners and service providers improve outcomes for children with speech, language and communication needs. Autism...
This guide provides an overview of the Autism Act to help practitioners provide a positive experience for individuals with autism in health and social care settings. Download a copy of the guide from...

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