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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...

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...

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...

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...
Local authorities have the discretion to charge for many of the non residential services that they provide to adults. In the currently financial climate many local authorities are charging for the...