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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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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...

New Scottish guidelines on the diagnosis of autism in adults

Conor McKay, Policy and Campaigns Officer for the National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland, discusses the revised guidelines on the assessment and diagnosis of autism in Scotland, which now include...

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...

Palliative and end of life care for autistic people

Jill Ferguson, Services Manager with Scottish Autism, discusses why they developed a good practice resource guide on end of life care for autistic people. She also offers some advice on providing...

Housing with support: the options for autistic adults

In this article Clarissa Manuel-Jones, Community Care Adviser for the National Autistic Society gives a brief overview of the different housing options currently available for autistic adults. This...

What does the Care Act mean for people on the autism spectrum?

The Care Act 2014 recently came into force introducing a major shift in how the social care system in England works. In this article Dan Leighton, Policy and Parliamentary Officer for the National...

Think Autism: statutory guidance published

In this article Tim Nicholls, Policy & Parliamentary Officer at the National Autistic Society (NAS) introduces the publication of the new statutory guidance to implement the adult autism strategy...

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...

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...

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