- New passport to individual autism support - available now!
The new passport to individual autism support is now available. Download yours today.
- Stars of glam rock shine for autism
A star-studded ‘70’s extravaganza has raised a stupendous £15,000 for NAS Scotland.
- Campaign success on 'bedroom tax'
NAS success in campaigning on the impact of the ‘bedroom tax’ on families with children with autism.
- GPs to make autism a clinical priority for 2014-17
Push for Action campaign win: GPs to make autism a clinical priority for 2014-17 across the UK.
- Mayor of Godalming opens new Surrey autism centre
- On Monday 23 September Councillor Tom Martin, Godalming Town Mayor was joined by Mark Lever, Chief Executive of The National Autistic Society, to officially open Linden House - a new support service for adults with autism in Surrey.
- Sally and Jemima Bercow raise £1000 for the NAS
NAS Vice President Sally Bercow and her daughter Jemima recently took part in ITV’s Big Star’s Little Star where they raised £1000 for the NAS.
- Jane Asher visits Somerset Court
- The National Autistic Society’s President Jane Asher visited Somerset Court on Thursday 19 September to meet some of the people supported at the service and judge their baking competition.
- Autism Act makes a difference in Bolton
A man from Bolton has been able to access a diagnostic assessment for autism as a result of the Autism Act. However, many areas in England still do not have a 'pathway' for diagnosis in place.
- Jane Asher conducts a special carol at Christmas concert
Jane Asher takes up the baton to conduct a special carol at the NAS Christmas Carol Concert
- 93 Free Schools are opening this month
- On 3 September the government announced that 93 new free schools are opening their doors this month. Amongst them is Thames Valley School, which is being sponsored by the NAS.
- Adult autism data collection to be improved
Our Push for Action campaign recommended changes to the way data is collected across England, to allow for better service planning. Thanks to your fantastic support, these changes have now been introduced.
- Afternoon tea at The Ritz with the Doctor
After attending last month’s truly unique charity fundraising gala, A Curious Night at the Theatre, an NAS supporter left the Apollo theatre with rather more than they had expected: an afternoon with the former Doctor, Matt Smith.
- An Amazing Day for autism with Anderson Group
- The National Autistic Society is once again benefiting from the fundraising efforts of our friends at the Anderson Foundation.
- Upcoming autism in education conference
We are running two free conferences for teachers and other autism professionals to learn how to support children with autism effectively.
- Celebrity Big Brother’s Abz reveals that he has Asperger syndrome
On Monday 26 August 2013, in an episode of Celebrity Big Brother, 5ive singer Abz Love revealed that he has Asperger syndrome, and said that it could be affecting his experience in the house.
- Britpop legend hosts one-off autism gig
- The front man of Britpop legends Menswear is hosting a charity gig showcasing the talents of two groups of musicians with disabilities on Tuesday 27 August.
- Charity consults local families on plans for free school
- The NAS Academies Trust has launched a public consultation into its plans to open a free school for pupils aged 4 to 19 with autism in Cheshire East and surrounding counties.
- Children with autism perform on Children in Need
- Children and young people with autism from South East of England performed live on BBC South’s Children in Need appeal on Friday as part of a drumming group called DrumA.
- Comedian supporting NAS at Edinburgh Fringe Festival
An award wining comedian with Asperger syndrome is set to bring her controversial new show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this month, in support of The National Autistic Society.
- Free exhibition about The Lion King comes to Edinburgh
This autumn, Disney’s internationally celebrated musical The Lion King will play its premiere Scottish season at the Edinburgh Playhouse as part of its first UK tour. Disney are opening an exhibition about the show which is free for all to attend and can help families living with autism prepare for going to the musical.
- Early Years and Post 16 training underway
- The Autism Education Trust (AET) has launched its new Early Years and Post-16 autism training programme with the appointment of hub organisations to deliver the training.
- End the battle for support: take action on SEN reform
- The NAS has launched a petition calling on the Government to amend the Children and Families Bill to create a singe point of appeal for challenging provision in Education, Health and Care Plans.
- Live chat: going back to school
- We are holding a live chat on Thursday August 15 on 'Going back to school'. This will be an opportunity to ask your questions about preparing for the new school year from a range of experts.
- Getting on? campaign launches in Parliament
Yesterday we launched our new report and campaign Getting on? Growing older with autism at a special reception in the House of Lords, hosted by Baroness Greengross OBE.
- Give your views on the Work Capability Assessment
The UK Government wants to find out more about how the Work Capability Assessment is operating and what needs to change. Take part in the independent review.
- Godalming's Push for Action
- Local campaigners with autism took to the streets of Godalming, Surrey yesterday as part of a campaign calling for improvements to local services to support those with the condition.
- How to avoid cyberbullying
- There have been a number of stories in the news recently about online bullying and trolling.
- MP Jeremy Hunt visits Linden House in Surrey
- Jeremy Hunt, MP for South West Surrey opened the National Autistic Society’s new resource centre in Godalming, Surrey last week.
- Judges rule benefit process is unfair for people with autism
- The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling which found that the process used to decide whether hundreds of thousands of people are eligible for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) disadvantages people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health problems.
- Mayor's record for disabled Londoners under scrutiny
- Leading disability charities today warned that transport improvements for disabled Londoners could be put at risk because of funding cuts and reports of ticket office closure plans.
- NAS VP nominated for BBC award
- Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, vice president of The National Autistic Society, has been shortlisted for The One Show’s People's Portrait.
- New autism centre officially opened by HRH The Countess of Wessex
- Last week a pioneering centre for people with autism was officially opened by The National Autistic Society’s (NAS) Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO.
- Adam Holloway MP and Gravesham mayor open new autism centre in Kent
- Last Friday Adam Holloway, MP for Gravesham, and Gravesham mayor, Councillor Derek Sales were joined by Mark Lever, Chief Executive of The National Autistic Society, to officially open The Windmill Centre - a new support service for adults with autism in Kent.
- New 'Early Support' films answer young people's questions
A series of films that answer the questions that every young person has at some point wanted to ask, has been made freely available online by Early Support.
- New NICE guideline published on support and management of children and young people with autism
- The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a new clinical guideline on the management and support of autism in children and young people on 28 August.
- New self assessment forms are a campaign victory
- The release of the Department of Health’s new self assessment form – which monitors local authorities’ progress against the autism strategy – has seen a significant victory for the NAS Push for Action campaign. There’s been a win for our Getting On? campaign on autism in older age too.
- Nominate somebody for an Autism Professionals Award
- The National Autistic Society (NAS) is this week opening nominations for the second annual Autism Professionals Awards.
- Care Minister issues statement on the Government's review of the Adult Autism Strategy
- The Care Minister Norman Lamb MP has issued a statement about the Government's review of the Adult Autism Strategy and the central role of the NAS' Push for Action campaign.
- 'One of a kind' boy records charity Christmas single
A talented boy with Asperger syndrome from Beaconsfield recorded a charity single last week (16 July) in a bid to become Christmas number one. Fynnjan Leach-Verhoeven, 11, wrote 'The Spirit of Christmas' in his head when he was bored one day last October, despite not being able to play any instruments or ever having shown a particular interest in music. All money raised will go to The National Autistic Society.
- Our Christmas Raffle 2013
- Order your tickets for our Christmas Helpline Raffle today and you could win our top prize of £2,500 cash!
- Parent campaigner Jane Raca supports NAS petition on SEN reform
- Jane Raca, whose son James has autism and complex needs, has shared her story in support of the NAS petition calling for a single point of appeal for Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC Plans).
- Planned Lambeth school appoints principal
- The NAS Academies Trust has appointed the Principal Designate of Vanguard School, a special free school in Lambeth for children with autism, which is due open in September 2014.
- Push for Action comes to parliament
- On Tuesday 15 October, The National Autistic Society’s Push for Action campaign made its mark in parliament with a huge event fronted by our campaigners, and attended by the Minister for Care Services, Norman Lamb MP.
- Push for Action encourages Government to launch investigation into impact of Autism Act
When the Autism Act was passed in 2009, the Government committed to reviewing its impact in 2013. Thanks to your campaigning, the Government has now launched a comprehensive programme of action to look in detail at how well the Act is working.
- Put autism on the NHS agenda
- Push for Action is gathering momentum across England – over 7,500 supporters have already signed their local petition – so we’re launching the next campaign assignment as we build towards the Government review.
- NAS ambassador Robyn Steward has first book published
- Congratulations to Robyn Steward, an ambassador for The National Autistic Society, whose first book, The Independent Woman's Handbook for Super Safe Living on the Autistic Spectrum, has just been published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
- 11-year-old boy with Asperger syndrome unveils festive music video
11-year-old boy with Asperger syndrome unveils festive music video
- Schools exclusion live web chat - 27 November
- Andrew Cutting leads a live web chat, answering your questions on school exclusions.
- Thames Valley Free School set to open
- The Government wants to hear your views
- As part of its review of the adult autism strategy this year, the Government is working with The National Autistic Society and others to find ways to listen to the views of people with autism, their families and carers, and professionals, on how well the strategy is working.
- Complete the Big Benefits Survey
Many people with autism are being affected by the changes the Government has brought to the welfare and benefits system. We invite you to share your experiences of claiming disability benefit by completing the Big Benefits Survey.
- Robert Ogden Summer Conference
The Robert Ogden School annual summer conference takes place on Wednesday 31 July.
- Live chat: the Mental Capacity Act and autism
Many people with autism, their families and supporters, are unclear about how the Mental Capacity Act works. We held a live web chat on Thursday 25 July on this topic.
- Summer school for prospective university students with autism
This summer, the University of Bath will run a summer school for students with autism (including Asperger syndrome) who are thinking of going to university.
- Live chat: Making a will and setting up a trust for your loved ones
On 23 July we held a live chat session answering questions on writing and maintaining a will and setting up a trust to ensure your family are looked after long into the future.
- Proposed changes to the special educational needs (SEN) system in England
Earlier in the year, the Government announced plans to transform the special educational needs (SEN) system in England. The changes are part of the Children and Families Bill, which was recently debated in the House of Lords.
- Curious Night at the Theatre raises over £100,000
A unique charity fundraising gala featuring Jude Law, Chris Martin, Helen Mirren and Matt Smith raised over £100,000 on 1 July 2013 for The National Autistic Society and Ambitious about Autism.
- We're looking forward to a curious night at the theatre
Join us this summer for A Curious Night at the Theatre - a fundraising event in aid of The National Autistic Society and Ambitious about Autism.
- Autism strategy review: tell the Government what you think
The UK Government is seeking the views of adults with autism and their parents and carers in England about the support they currently receive, and would like to receive.
- Volunteer Esther Fletcher is honoured after 21 years
A Chester mother has been honoured by The National Autistic Society (NAS) after 21 years of supporting local people affected by autism.
- Government proposals could see people with autism miss out on vital support
On 1 July the Government announced the publication of new draft criteria that say who will qualify for local authority funded social care support. The National Autistic Society is concerned that people with autism will miss out on support due to this new criteria.
- Join the fight to end abuse in care homes
Following the horrifying abuse uncovered at Winterbourne View, the Department of Health committed to an 18-month programme of actions to transform and improve social care services. Join our fight to end the abuse in carehomes today.
- Lords 'Push for Action'
Lord Touhig, one of The National Autistic Society's vice-presidents, led a debate in the House of Lords about our new Push For Action campaign.
- NAS Chair of Trustees awarded the CBE
Congratulations to The National Autistic Society's Chair of Trustees, Dr Carol Homden who was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this weekend.
- New service launches promoting good mental health for children with autism
- A new service launched in Barnsley to help promote good mental health in primary-aged children with autism across the UK. Healthy Minds launched on Monday 8 July, with a special event at the EarlyBird Centre, Barnsley Road, Dodworth.
- New survey on research priorities for young people with autism
A survey has been launched to ask young disabled people, families, and healthcare professionals about their views on research into disabilities such as autism.
- Pembrokeshire petition submitted to Welsh Assembly Members
Our Pembrokeshire branch members are campaigning for quicker diagnosis for children in Wales. They will be presenting a petition to Assembly Members at the National Assembly for Wales later this month.
- New study into autism research in the UK
A new study into autism research in the UK has been published by the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE). It compares levels of research spending here to those in the US.
- NAS Scotland urges health professionals to get to grips with autism
As part of its ongoing campaign, Count us in: it pays to listen, The National Autistic Society is calling for greater awareness of autism among health professionals in Scotland, and for measurable targets to be put in place for diagnostic and post-diagnostic support.
- New report recommends Police training must cover autism
The NAS welcomes a recent Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing report which recommends that police training should be amended to include sufficient information on communicating with people with mental health issues or learning disabilities, including autism.
- Live chat - DSM-5
On 18 May, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was published. We discussed the changes to DSM-5 during a live chat session with Professor Gillian Baird OBE.
- DSM-5 will be released this weekend
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was released by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) on 18 May. DSM-5 includes some changes which could affect the way diagnoses will be given to people on the autism spectrum.
- Live chat for Push For Action
Tom Madders, Head of Campaigns, led a live chat session on Thursday 16 May 2013 to discuss your questions about the Autism Act review and our newly launched Push For Action campaign.
- Leading sports clubs host children's sports day in Derbyshire
Primary schools from Derbyshire are being invited to take part in a charity sports day at the historic Derbyshire County Cricket Ground to mark national sports week (28 June).
- Life of 10-year-old with autism transformed by friendship
A ten-year-old girl with autism has developed new-found confidence after signing up to a Rochdale befriending scheme.
- ‘Peerless’ local volunteer recognised by the NAS
- As part of volunteer's week (1-7 June) the NAS is celebrating the achievement of a mother from Cornwall who has dedicated 10 years of her life to supporting local people affected by autism.
- MPs call on the government to improve social care services
A report ‘Promoting Independence, Preventing Crisis’ which calls on the Government to improve adult social care services for working age disabled people was launched today Wednesday 15 May at a reception in the Houses of Parliament.
- NAS bid to run two new specialist free schools is successful
The Department for Education has approved The National Autistic Society’s bid to run two specialist free schools – one in Lambeth for 78 pupils, and one in Cheshire East for 60 pupils.
- New research shows significant economic benefits from providing social care to disabled people
- The National Autistic Society, alongside Mencap, Scope, Sense and Leonard Cheshire Disability, has published a new report showing that investing in social care prevents disabled people falling into crisis, and as a result, leads to substantial economic benefits.
- Push for Action campaign launches in Parliament
On Tuesday 14 May 2013 we launched our new campaign to push for better support for adults with autism, Push for Action. More than 50 MPs attended the event.
- Grants available for summer play schemes and activity programmes
The Three Guineas Trust invites applications from local charities which run play schemes and activity programmes over the summer school holiday.
- Victory for welfare campaigners as judges rule controversial disability benefits procedure is unfair
Three judges have ruled that the procedure currently used by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to decide whether hundreds of thousands of people are eligible for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) disadvantages people with mental health problems, learning disabilities and autism.
- Kevin’s Anti-Bullying campaign gains momentum
Last month, autism campaigner Kevin Healey launched an ambitious campaign to better protect people with autism from bullying. It is rapidly gaining traction, with celebrity support, national media coverage and masses of activity across Twitter.
- Review of disability hate crime sentencing
Following letters from NAS Chief Executive Mark Lever and other disability campaigners about the low sentence given to Jordan Sheard for the manslaughter of a young man with autism, his sentence is to be reviewed.
- New autism information service launches in Leicestershire
An innovative autism information service has been launched by Leicestershire County Council and The National Autistic Society (NAS).
- Disney’s The Lion King to give UK’s largest ever dedicated autism-friendly performance
Disney’s The Lion King is set to present a dedicated autism-friendly performance this winter at Edinburgh’s Playhouse Theatre. The 3000 seat venue, owned by Ambassador Theatre Group, will host the largest dedicated autism-friendly performance ever to take place in Scotland.
- Sobering stats reveal extent of autism hate crime
Sobering new statistics released by The National Autistic Society (NAS) have revealed the devastating extent of disability hate crime on people with autism living in the UK.
- NAS Cymru responds to Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Bill
The National Autistic Society Cymru has submitted a consultation response to the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill, which we broadly welcome.
- Take part in our Onesie Wednesday
On Wednesday 29 May (Onesie Wednesday™) staff and volunteers of The National Autistic Society (NAS) will be wearing their onesies to work (including the commute!) to raise awareness for people with autism and to raise funds for the NAS, and we’d like you to join us.
- Pupils at NAS school create new soap opera
Ten pupils at The National Autistic Society’s Radlett Lodge School in Hertfordshire have completed a media project in which they created an episode for a new soap opera called Riverscross.
- Live chat: identifying and educating young women and girls with autism
On 2 May we held a live chat session with Join Dr Jacqui Ashton-Smith, who answered your questions about women and girls on the autism spectrum and what teaching strategies can be used to support them.
- Teenagers with autism have a splashing time
Ten teenagers with autism were recently given the exciting opportunity to take part in a scuba diving ‘Try Dive’ with Newbury Sub-Aqua dive club.
- Personal Independence Payment introduced for adults in the north of England
Disability Living Allowance has now been replaced by the Personal Independence Payment for adults in North of England.
- Get involved! Respond to our survey about the autism teams
Researchers at The University of York are planning new research on the effectiveness of adult autism teams in delivering support for adults with autism and they need your help.
- Every Child in Need Campaign
The Every Child in Need Campaign, of which the NAS is a member, has been successful in safeguarding some of the key rights of families with children with a disability to access help from social services.
- Autism-friendly show comes to Stirling
The Scottish city of Stirling will host its first-ever autism friendly show on Thursday May 16. The relaxed performance of the National Theatre of Scotland’s The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish a first for the city will take place at the macrobert, Stirling, on Thursday 16 May.
- Countess of Wessex visits NAS Helen Allison School
Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex was warmly welcomed by students and staff when she visited NAS Helen Allison School in Kent.
- Live chat for World Autism Awareness Day - 2 April
As part of our Live Chat series, our Chief Executive Mark Lever answered your questions on the work of the NAS on World Autism Awareness Day, 2 April 2013.
- Our live chat on SEN issues
We held a live chat on education and special educational needs (SEN) legislation on Thursday 18 April. Please read the live chat for more information.
- NAS Live chat on transition - 21 March
The National Autistic Society held its first Live Chat sessions this month. Live sessions allow you to ask questions to our knowledgeable and helpful staff on a range of different topics throughout the year.
- Visit from Lord Ouseley
Lord Ouseley visited Helen Allison School on Thursday 18 April.
- MPs and peers say Government proposals for social care reform must go further
A committee of MPs and peers tasked with looking at the potential impact of Government proposals for social care reform have published a report suggesting that the proposals must go further to ensure people with disabilities get the care and support they need.
- NAS Spring Raffle 2013
Order your tickets for the NAS Spring Raffle today!
- NICE publishes draft guidelines for children and young people with autism
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published a draft guideline for the management and support of children and young people with autism on 28 March.
- Just one week to go to The Autism Show 2013
Just one week to go until The Autism Show 2013 opens at the London Excel Centre June 14-15.
- The Autism Show is coming to London and Manchester this summer
This year The Autism Show will be held at the London Excel Centre June 14-15 with an additional show added at the Manchester Event City June 28-29.
- Autism Professionals Awards-winners announced
We are delighted to announce the winners of our inaugural Autism Professionals Awards. The six award winners were announced at The National Autistic Society Professional Conference.
- Lancet gene study
A significant new study examining some of the potential causes of autism has been published in The Lancet medical journal.
- Diane Abbott launches NAS black and ethnic minority campaign
Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington and Shadow Minister for Public Health, helped us launch a new campaign highlighting the obstacles that often prevent people with autism from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds accessing the support they need.
- Blue badges are a 'lifeline' for people with autism
Following the announcement of new rules relating to blue badges in England, The National Autistic Society is calling on the Government to listen to the voices of people with autism.
- Children and Families Bill passes second reading
Earlier this week MPs debated the Government’s proposals for the biggest overhaul of the Special Educational Needs (SEN) system for a generation.
- Count us in campaign launches at Scottish Parliament
Actor and campaigner Richard Wilson OBE helped to launch The National Autistic Society (NAS) Scotland's new campaign, Count us in, at the Scottish Parliament on 30 January.
- Chair of influential committee says Government progress on improving services for adults with autism has been 'poor'
On Wednesday 27 February 2012 in a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee, a high profile committee of MPs that is responsible for monitoring Government spending, MPs urged the Government to implement commitments made in the 2010 autism strategy to improve services for adults with autism.
- Government publishes Children and Families Bill
The Government has published the Children and Families Bill, which contains the biggest overhaul of the SEN system in thirty years. We are pleased the Government has responded to our concerns about parental rights and helping families access the specialist support they need.
- NAS submits witness statement in support of legal challenge to so-called ‘bedroom tax’
A legal challenge has been launched against the Government’s plan to reduce the amount of housing benefit families can claim if they are deemed to have a ‘spare’ bedroom, which may have implications for families of children with autism.
- New guidance published on transition for children with mental health problems
New guidance has been published for health services to help improve the transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to adult mental health services.
- New research exposes scale of Government’s social care crisis for disabled people
New research published today exposes the true scale of the Government's social care crisis for disabled people, which has left thousands without access to basic care to help them eat, wash properly and leave their homes.
- Autism-friendly performance of Disney’s The Lion King
In a first for London’s West End, a dedicated autism-friendly performance of Disney’s The Lion King has been announced for April 2013.