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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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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...

The new Mental Health Act Code of Practice

In this article, Victoria Butler-Cole, barrister at 39 Essex Chambers summarises key aspects of the new Mental Health Act Code of Practice as it applies to people with autism.  It looks at issues...

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...

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...
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...

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