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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 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...
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published a new clinical guideline on the management and support of autism in children and young people at the end of August this year....

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...
The National Audit Office (NAO) published a Memorandum on Progress in implementing the 2010 Adult Autism Strategy on 17th July 2012.  In the report the NAO have looked at all of the national...
The Government published the long awaited White Paper on reform of adult social care in England on 11th July. It was accompanied by a draft Care and Support Bill and a suite of other documents...
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...
Guidance published today by NICE for healthcare professionals aims to improve the recognition, referral, diagnosis and management of adults with autism. This is a major step forward for adults with...
MPs report on SEN system for children with autism. An influential group of MPs and peers have published the findings of their investigation into changes to the SEN system. The All Party Parliamentary...

Employing people with autism: A quick guide for employers in Northern Ireland

This guide has been produced by The National Autistic Society Northern Ireland (NAS), the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL), the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) and...
In 2011 the the Northern Ireland Assembly passed an Act to amend the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and to prepare an autism strategy. The Autism Act NI 2011 is the result of a 5 year lobby...

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