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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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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...

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...

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...

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...

Preparing for change: SEN reforms - England

The Children and Families Act has now come into force in England (September 2014). The Act will change the arrangements for support that children and young people with special educational needs will...
These articles highlight the experiences of transition from school onwards for young people with autism and their families. These two campaign articles written by Liz Whitters of NAS Cymru and Beth...
In the last few years there has been increasing recognition of the need to improve transition planning and support fordisabled young people* as they move into adulthood. There is a widespread...
This document sets out best practice in transition planning for young people with learning disabilities. It shows what needs to change in order to improve the life chance outcomes for this group of...
This toolkit from the Autism Education Trust is a summary of the common issues surrounding transition for young people on the autism spectrum, as well as a guide to the considerations that should be...