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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 Local Offer: guidance on consulting children and young people with autism

In this article, Shane Samarasinghe, Senior Campaigns Officer at the National Autistic Society, introduces the toolkits developed by the NAS to support professionals seeking the views of children and...

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...

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...

Think Autism - Revised adult autism strategy for England

To coincide with World Autism Awareness Day on the 2nd April 2014, the government announced their publication of the revised adult autism strategy for England - for the first time this includes ring-...
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...

Autism passport

Many older autistic people do not receive support or advocacy, over the years, many have learned to mask their autistic traits, so they are not obvious and others may fail to recognise or accept them...
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published a new clinical guideline on the management and support of autism in children and young people at the end of August this year....

Getting On: growing older with autism

Getting On: growing older with autism' is a report based on interviews, focus groups, surveys and the outcome of evidence sessions held in parliament. It sets out some of the key issues facing older...
The governments new draft social care regulations on the minimum eligibility threshold for adult care and support has been published today ahead of a consultation next year.  The draft regulations...

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