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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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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...

Revised Autism Strategy and what this means for Adult Social Care

In this article, Melissa McAuliffe, Asperger's specialist social worker for the NHS, explores the revised Autism Strategy and how this links with the recent Care Act 2014. Melissa discusses these...

Think Autism: a GP's perspective

Dr Carole Buckley is a GP in Bristol, and a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners intellectual disability professional network, where she has been appointed as the Clinical Champion...

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...

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