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Employing people with autism: A quick guide for employers in Northern Ireland

This guide has been produced by The National Autistic Society Northern Ireland (NAS), the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL), the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) and...
In 2011 the the Northern Ireland Assembly passed an Act to amend the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and to prepare an autism strategy. The Autism Act NI 2011 is the result of a 5 year lobby...
The Department for Education today published its Next Steps report following last years SEND Green Paper, Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability – progress...
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for adults is going to be abolished and replaced by a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This process will start in April 2013, In the attached...
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...
In this video from the NAS Professional Conference 2012 Sandy Bering, Lead Commissioner/Consultant - Health and Well Being, NHS Trafford discusses the challenges in commissioning services for people...
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...
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...
The National Autistic Society have produced a guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 for people who may be affected by this act. The Mental Capacity Act 2005 sets out the legal rights for supporting...
Local authorities have the discretion to charge for many of the non residential services that they provide to adults. In the currently financial climate many local authorities are charging for the...

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