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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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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...

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...

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...

Transforming Care Partnerships campaign guidance

The National Autistic Society, Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation have jointly produced a guide for people in England campaigning for an autistic person, those with a learning disability...

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...

Scottish education reforms - 10 years on

In this article Carla Manini-Rowden, Education Rights Lifelong Learning Services Manager at the National Autistic Society (NAS), discusses the 10th anniversary of the Education (Additional Support...

Think Autism: a GP's perspective

Dr Carole Buckley, a GP in Bristol was appointed as the Clinical Champion for Autism from April 2014 until March 2017. Dr Buckley is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners...

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