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Fifth and final independent review of the Work Capability Assessment

The Government has published its fifth and final Independent Review of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), carried out by Dr Paul Litchfield. The WCA is intended to distinguish between people who cannot work because of health related problems and those who are fit for some work or who could, with support, eventually return to the world of work.

Have your say on new Autism Act statutory guidance!

The Government has opened the consultation on new draft statutory guidance to implement Think Autism (the new adult autism strategy for England). It is really important that people with autism and their families and carers respond to the Government’s draft to make sure that the final statutory guidance reflects their needs.

NAS Young Ambassador gives TEDMED talk

A film of an inspirational speech given by a 16-year-old NAS Young Ambassador at TEDMED’s annual gathering in Washington DC back in September is now available to watch on TEDMED.com.

Response to Winterbourne View report

We contributed to Sir Stephen Bubb's report into the care and rights of people with learning disabilities and autism, published yesterday (26/11/14).

Government announces Autism Innovation Fund projects

The Department of Health has announced today (7 November 2014) that 42 projects have been approved under the £1.2 million Autism Innovation Fund, including two schemes from The National Autistic Society (NAS).

Teachers - have your say!

If you are a teacher or work in a school, complete our survey about autism.

NAS responds to Access to Work report

The National Autistic Society responds to The Work and Pensions Select Committee's report on Access to Work, a Government programme which offers practical support to disabled people to help them stay in, or gain, employment.

Radlett Lodge School celebrates 40th anniversary

Jane Asher helped pupils and staff at our Radlett Lodge School to mark its 40th anniversary with a day of celebrations.

18 December 2014 is Thanking Day!
Thanking Day is The National Autistic Society’s opportunity to say thank you to its supporters.
Call for papers - conference on care and treatment of offenders
Call for papers or workshops - 14th International Conference on the Care and Treatment of Offenders with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability
Popular Channel 4 series, Educating the East End, features autism
Educating the East End - Channel Four’s popular documentary explores provision for students with autism leaving school
First independent review of Personal Independence Payment published

On the 17th December 2014 the Government published its first independent review of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), carried out by Paul Grey.

Justice for LB Bill

The National Autistic Society has pledged support for the Justice for LB Bill

NAS response to 2014 Autumn Statement
George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, presented the 2014 Autumn Statement to Parliament today (Wednesday 3 December).
Careless campaign wins on new adult social care rules

The NAS Careless campaign has won vital improvements to the Government’s new rules for deciding who is eligible for adult social care, and on local authorities’ responsibilities for safeguarding vulnerable adults with autism.

Being Me: a new resource for child bullying
63% of children and young people tell us they have experienced bullying at school.
Scotland referendum result

The NAS comments on the Scottish referendum.

Pioneering autism centres open in Surrey
A groundbreaking scheme between Surrey County Council and The National Autistic Society (NAS) is set to revolutionise the education of children with autism.
Children with autism to be taught the Underwear Rule

A new version of the NSPCC’s successful campaign the Underwear Rule has been launched to help parents teach children with autism about sexual abuse.

New SEN system comes into force

The Children and Families Act, introducing major reforms to the SEN system in England, comes into force on 1 September.

Summer Helpline Raffle winners announced

Winners of Summer Helpline Raffle announced

Next step to protect vulnerable people with autism from abuse, neglect and loneliness

Read our response to the Government's Care Act consultation.

 

Man with autism breaks unusual world record

Man with autism breaks unusual world record and raises almost £4,500 for The National Autistic Society.

Response to review of work capability assessment

The NAS remains highly concerned about the very significant problems with the WCA process. This applies in terms of the practicalities of the application process, the assessment method and overall design of the benefit.

Would you like to oversee implementation of the Adult Autism Strategy in England?
The National Adult Autism Programme Board for England oversees the programme of activity across government to support implementation of the Adult Autism Strategy for England. Board members include people with autism and their families.
Government releases Innovation Funds

Government releases £1.2m for innovation in autism services and to increase autism awareness in England.

Launch of new report on autism in BAME communities

Diverse perspectives report launched in Parliament today.

Launch of 'passport' to help people with autism in hospital

'My hospital passport' will help people with autism to communicate their needs.

Aberdeen One Stop Shop opens

A new autism advice and information centre is now available for families in Aberdeen.

New eligibility rules for social care must address the basic needs of people with autism

Details on the rules determining who will get adult social care from April 2015 were published on 6 June. The NAS does not believe the proposals for the new national eligibility criteria reflect the basic needs of adults with autism, on crucial issues such as staying safe, building relationships or being verbally prompted to carry out tasks.

Entries open for third Autism Professionals Awards

Entries to the third Autism Professionals Awards can now be submitted.

Elisabeth Hurley on women and girls on the autism spectrum

Dr Elisabeth Hurley has written a new article outlining experiences particular to women and girls on the autism spectrum.

Government's initial response to Careless

The Government have launched an initial response to Careless

Relaxed screenings of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Selected National Theatre Live venues, including Empire, Showcase and Vue cinemas, will be holding relaxed screenings of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time during June (dates vary between venues).

Comedian John Williams to appear at launch of Camden branch
You are invited to the launch of the newly established Camden branch of The National Autistic Society!
Dr Stephen Shore to headline relationships conference
Dr Stephen Shore, Assistant Professor of Special Education at Adelphi University, will be giving a keynote presentation at our Autism and Relationships, Puberty and Sexuality conference on 9 July in Nottingham.
It involves us

The NAS has produced a guide to help local authorities better involve people with autism in planning and implementation.

New summer school for students with autism
The prospect of leaving home to live independently may be daunting enough for most 17 and 18 year olds preparing to go to university this autumn. But for students with autism, these challenges are magnified considerably.
The Autism Show and conferences

The Autism Show - London, 13-14 June, Manchester, 27-28 June 2014 - the box office is now open and we have more details. 

Children and Families bill received Royal Assent

The Children and Families Bill, which introduces major changes to the Special Educational Needs (SEN) system in England, received Royal Assent on 13 March.

Local mayor reopens Ladbroke Grove autism centre

The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Charles Williams, and the Mayoress, his wife June Williams, officially opened The National Autistic Society’s revamped Ladbroke Grove Autism Centre on Tuesday 13 May.

"Every child deserves a day like today"

Last Sunday saw the return of The Lion King autism friendly performance at the Lyceum in London, the third of it’s kind in the UK. Families gathered for the matinee performance and were welcomed by Disney and NAS volunteers on the day before the show began. Lisa Martland, blogger and mother of 12-year-old son with autism, shares her family’s special experience of the show.

'Understanding Stanley' - making the invisible visible
Understanding Stanley – Looking through Autism’ is a powerful illustrative book depicting the lives of people with autism through the lens.
Relaxed performance of Matilda the Musical

The Royal Shakespeare Company will be presenting a ‘relaxed performance’ of Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre on Sunday 15 June at 3pm. 

Dr Lorna Wing OBE – 1928-2014

Dr Lorna Wing OBE, 1928-2014 

Easter canoe quest for intrepid Reading teenager

Andy Kedar canoed over 130 miles of the Thames to raise funds for the NAS.

Campaign win as landmark judgement protects vulnerable people

Campaign win as landmark judgement protects vulnerable people

Autism and ageing project

A new research project on the quality of life in ageing adults living with autism is being conducted by City University London.

Autism and ethics to be discussed in May conference

ARGH (Autism Rights Group Highland), in partnership with the National Autistic Society Scotland, are delighted to be holding an autism and ethics conference from the perspective of autistic people.

Week of autism friendly screenings announced

Autism-friendly screenings

Winners announced - Autism Professionals Awards 2014
We are delighted to announce the winners of the second annual Autism Professionals  Awards. The nine awards winners were revealed on Tuesday 4 March at a prestigious awards dinner as part of The National Autistic Society’s Professional Conference. Congratulations to all the winners; their excellent work is an inspiration to all. Thank you also to everyone who made a nomination. The standard of the entries has been phenomenal.
Autism victory in Nottingham
Nottinghamshire County Council has today announced that they are dropping their proposal to scrap their pioneering Adults with Asperger’s Team. The proposal, made as part of their Budget Challenge 2014/15, has been reversed in response to concerns raised by people with autism and their families.
We spring into action for World Autism Awareness Day
People with autism and their families, a range of cross-party MSPs, schools, clubs and offices across the nation are joining a leading autism charity’s call for people in Scotland to get on their trampolines, Pogo Sticks and Space Hoppers and Bounce for Autism for World Autism Awareness Day 2014.
Government announces 'Think Autism'

To coincide with World Autism Awareness Day (2 April) the Government have met a number of key Push for Action recommendations – including for the first time ring-fenced money – in their publication of the revised adult autism strategy for England.

Renowned speaker to address conference
Renowned anger expert Professor Raymond W. Novaco will be giving an afternoon workshop on the topic of anger assessment and case formulation on 9 April.
Response to consultation on SEN code of practice
The NAS has responded to a Government consultation on revised draft Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice, which provides vital statutory guidance for the new SEN system being introduced by the Children and Families Act.
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Unfair blue badge system raised in the House of Lords
Members of the House of Lords recently highlighted concerns in Parliament about the difficulties that many people with autism and their families are facing in accessing blue badges following the introduction of Personal Independence Payments (PIP).
A world record attempt for autism
Arran Linton-Smith is attempting to break an unusual Guinness World Record at this year's Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, in support of The National Autistic Society.
Nua Healthcare and NAS Professionals Awards statement 29 August 2014

A further statement in response to concern raised about the National Autistic Society's choice of sponsor for one of our Professionals Awards.

Nua Healthcare: 21 August 2014 Statement

A statement in response to concern raised about the National Autistic Society's choice of sponsor for one of our Professionals Awards.

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