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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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Autism: A basic guide for prison officers

In this article Dr Mitzi Waltz, disability consultant, trainer and writer gives a brief overview of autism for prison officers. The guide covers various aspects of autism that may assist prison...

Revised Autism Strategy and what this means for Adult Social Care

In this article, Melissa McAuliffe, Asperger's specialist social worker for the NHS, explores the revised Autism Strategy and how this links with the recent Care Act 2014. Melissa discusses these...

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...

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...

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...

The Local Offer: guidance on consulting children and young people with autism

In this article, Shane Samarasinghe, Senior Campaigns Officer at the National Autistic Society, introduces the toolkits developed by the NAS to support professionals seeking the views of children and...

NAS launches Careless campaign

In this article Dan Leighton, Policy and Parliamentary Officer for the National Autistic Society (NAS) explains the latest NAS campaign, Careless. The NAS has launched it's new Careless Campaign on...

Preparing for change: SEN reforms - England

The Children and Families Act has now come into force in England (September 2014). The Act will change the arrangements for support that children and young people with special educational needs will...

Think Autism - Revised adult autism strategy for England

To coincide with World Autism Awareness Day on the 2nd April 2014, the government announced their publication of the revised adult autism strategy for England - for the first time this includes ring-...

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