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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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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...

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...

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...

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 Scottish Strategy for Autism was published in November 2011 to ensure that progress is made across Scotland in delivering quality services for people with autism and their families. Scotland’s...

Information for parents: Guide by Department for Education

This is a booklet for parents whose child has recently received a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. It describes support that is available and answers the questions that many parents have soon after...