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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...

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...

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...

Supporting parents through an education tribunal

Carla Manini-Rowden, Education Rights & Lifelong Learning Services Manager at the National Autistic Society (NAS) offers some advice on how best to support parents through education tribunals...

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