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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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Making exams accessible for autistic students

Nora Gardiner, Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator at the Autism Education Trust, discusses their exam guidance which aims to make English and Maths exams more accessible to autistic students,...

Autistic pupils' experiences of missing school

The National Autistic Society Scotland reports on the results of a survey of parents/carers of autistic pupils, which aimed to gain an insight into the experiences of autistic children who have...

Supporting autistic pupils with exams

Carla Manini-Rowden, Education Rights and Lifelong Learning Services Manager at the National Autistic Society, discusses how schools and teachers can support autistic pupils to prepare for and sit...

A review of residential special schools and colleges in England

Dame Christine Lenehan is Director of the Council for Disabled Children. She was asked by the Department for Education to carry out a review of the experiences and outcomes of children and young...

Additional Support for Learning in mainstream schools

David MacKenzie, Policy and Public Affairs Officer for the National Autistic Society Scotland, looks at the recent Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee report, How is Additional Support...

Making Transforming Care work for autistic people

Tim Nicholls, Policy Manager at The National Autistic Society, discusses their latest report, Transforming Care: our stories, which makes six key overarching recommendations to improve inpatient care...

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...

Autism-friendly apprenticeships

Tim Nicholls, Policy Manager at the National Autistic Society, sets out key principles that should be considered when setting up apprenticeships for autistic people, based on the recommendations they...

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