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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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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-...
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) this week published its Quality Standard on autism setting out what good services in England for children and adults with autism should...
The November 2013 special edition of Good Autism Practice (GAP) focuses on the Scottish Autism Strategy. When the Scottish Autism Strategy was launched in November 2011, a key priority was to ensure...

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