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Campaign success on diagnosis in Wales

The Welsh Government today announced an extra £2 million worth of funding for diagnostic services as a result of our campaigning work alongside our branches in Wales.

NAS responds to Katie Hopkins's comments

The NAS responds to Katie Hopkins's "unacceptable" tweets

NAS ambassador creates medal-winning garden
The Viking Ocean Cruises Show Garden, designed by Alan Gardner, an National Autistic Society (NAS) cultural ambassador, has won a silver medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Election reminder from the I'm One campaign

Don't forget to vote!

Election manifestos 2015: the other parties - the NAS comments

The NAS comments on all the election manifestos.

BBC show investigates 'quack' cure for autism tonight
Tonight at 7pm, BBC’s the One Show will broadcast an investigation into an unlicensed medicine, a blood product called Globulin component Macrophage Activating Factor (GcMAF), which its manufacturer – First Immune – claims is a ‘cure’ for autism, cancer and HIV.
New film sessions for NAS support services

New film sessions for NAS support services

Residential placements available in NAS adult services in Kent

We currently have two vacancies available for adults with autism in our residential services in Gravesend, Kent. This news item was published on Thursday 30 April 2015. 

Election manifestos 2015: Liberal Democrats - the NAS comments

The NAS comments on the release of the Liberal Democrats' election manifesto.

Election manifestos 2015: Conservative - the NAS comments

The NAS comments on the release of the Conservative Party's election manifesto.

Election manifestos 2015: Labour - the NAS comments
The NAS comments on the release of Labour's election manifesto, the first of the major parties to release its manifesto.
New survey shows widespread awareness of autism in the UK

New survey shows widespread awareness of autism in the UK

New rights for adults with autism to get the care and support they need
New rights for adults with autism in England to get the care and support they need as the Care Act 2014 comes into force today, introducing sweeping changes to adult social care.
Onesie survey

Where you wear your onesies: a Onesie Wednesday survey

Man with autism breaks Guinness World Record
After 12,000 hours of work, Arran Linton-Smith, a man with Asperger syndrome from Nottingham, has officially broken the Guinness World Record for having the most company logos on a single piece of sports clothing.
NAS Cultural Ambassador hosts unique concerts for parents and carers living with autism
Acclaimed Japanese concert pianist and National Autistic Society (NAS) Cultural Ambassador, Noriko Ogawa, has designed and hosts a series of concerts specifically for parents and carers of children with autism.
Autism-friendly event at Toys 'R' Us

On Sunday 29 March Toys 'R' Us® are holding an autism friendly exclusive event for families affected by autism and additional needs in aid of World Autism Awareness Week.



Adult autism strategy: statutory guidance launch

Today the Government published new statutory guidance to implement the adult autism strategy for England (Think Autism), a key requirement of the Autism Act.

Chancellor announces new funding for children's mental health services

Chancellor announces new funding for children's mental health services in England

X+Y film: What do you think?
X+Y is a new film by Director Morgan Mathews, which went on general release today, 13 March. We are keen to hear your thoughts on how well it portrays living with autism.
Social care cuts put pressure on GPs

A new poll has confirmed that lack of investment in adult care and support is a false economy, as it leads to greater pressures and costs elsewhere in the system, when people develop more complex support needs.

NAS calls for overhaul of WCA following legal ruling

Court ruling finds that Work Capability Assessment is unfair to people with autism

NAS priorities survey 2015

Tell us what we should campaign on!

Government response to the independent review of Personal Independence Payment

Government response to the independent review of Personal Independence Payment

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham MP hosts a seminar on autism in the Houses of Parliament

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham MP hosted a seminar on autism in the Houses of Parliament on 24 February 2015.

A tribute to NAS supporter Jennifer Waddington

A tribute to NAS supporter Jennifer Waddington

Government seeks ideas on ending inappropriate care placements

The Government has published a Green Paper asking people in England for their opinions about how it should ensure that people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health needs are able to live and access care where they choose. Called No voice unheard, no right ignored, this is the latest part to the Government’s response to the abuse uncovered at Winterbourne View in 2011.

Major European intiative to boost understanding of autism

Major European intiative to boost understanding of autism

NAS statement on Anthony Kletzander campaign
The National Autistic Society (NAS) is currently the focus of efforts to draw attention to concerns about the care of Anthony Kletzander, a young man with autism in the Republic of Ireland.
Planned protest at NAS Professionals Awards Statement 18 February, 2015
The National Autistic Society (NAS) and our Professionals Awards ceremony on 3 March are currently the focus of efforts to draw attention to concerns about the care of Anthony Kletzander, a young man with autism in the Republic of Ireland.
New online autism training module for police
With a number of cases over the years of people with autism being wrongly arrested or approached by the police due to their 'unusual and stereotyped behaviour', our  new 'Autism and the police service' module aims to make the police more aware of ASDs.
‘Alarming’ 33% rise in number of autism-related SEND appeals

Recently published statistics from the Ministry of Justice show an alarming 33% increase in the number of autism-related appeals between 2012/13 and 2013/14.

Christmas Helpline Raffle winners announced

Winners of Christmas Helpline Raffle 2014 announced

NAS responds to Winterbourne View reports

The National Autistic Society responds to three reports related to post-Winterbourne View care policy which were published on 29 January.  

Active for autism programme rollout

Our Active for autism programme has now launched and is ready to roll out across the UK.

Employment and autism conference 2015
Announcing our unique conference: Employment and autism: why it is important for employers to understand autistic perspectives, organised by Ask autism. Taking place on 7 May in London, will feature five speakers on the autism spectrum.
Lords debate autism and the criminal justice system

Yesterday (22 January) there was a debate in the House of Lords on how the criminal justice system worked for people with autism.

NAO report on care services - NAS response
The National Audit Office’s new report 'Care services for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour' was released this morning. NAS Chief Executive Mark Lever responds.
NAS statement – Anthony Kletzander campaign
The National Autistic Society (NAS) is currently the focus of efforts to draw attention to concerns about the care of Anthony Kletzander, a young man with autism in the Republic of Ireland. Read our statement on the situation.
Response to planned protest at 2015 NAS Professional Conference
The National Autistic Society’s UK Autism Professionals Awards play an important role in highlighting and encouraging best practice in autism services.
QPR awarded Autism Access Award
Queens Park Rangers (QPR) football club’s Loftus Road ground is the first major spectator sports arena to be awarded The National Autistic Society (NAS) Autism Access Award.
The NAS launches new campaign for the 2015 General Election

I'm One General Election campaign launches

NAS urges politicians to improve support for people with autism

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has today (27 January 2015) set out the importance of improving support for people with autism by health and care services.

Ask autism receives CPD accreditation
Ask autism is an online training service for professionals and has just received CPD accreditation.
Autism Act for Wales could be a step closer as politicians debate

The Welsh Government’s Minister for Health and Social Service opened the door to a possible autism act for Wales after 2016 during a debate on autism in Wales on 21 January 2015.

Church Lawton School open for new term
Our new free school, Church Lawton School, has opened this term in East Cheshire. The school caters for children aged 4 to 19 with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome and provides highly specialised and versatile education to give pupils the best opportunities to learn and develop as individuals. Read more.
SENDirect: a new website for families
Today, Wednesday 21 January, nine of the UK’s leading disability charities, including The National Autistic Society (NAS), have launched the new SENDirect website at the Bett Education Summit in London’s Excel Centre.
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.

18 December 2014 is Thanking Day!
Thanking Day is The National Autistic Society’s opportunity to say thank you to its supporters.
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).
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.

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).

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.

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
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.
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.

Government's initial response to Careless

The Government have launched an initial response to Careless

It involves us

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

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.

Dr Lorna Wing OBE – 1928-2014

Dr Lorna Wing OBE, 1928-2014 

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.
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).
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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