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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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In June 2011, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) stated that we would carry out a programme of unannounced inspections of services providing care for people with learning disabilities and challenging...
Guidance published today by NICE for healthcare professionals aims to improve the recognition, referral, diagnosis and management of adults with autism. This is a major step forward for adults with...
MPs report on SEN system for children with autism. An influential group of MPs and peers have published the findings of their investigation into changes to the SEN system. The All Party Parliamentary...

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...
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...
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...
Here you can read the 2011 NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines covering the recognition, referral and diagnosis of autism in children and young people from birth up to age 19...

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