By using this NAS website you agree to be bound by the following Terms and Conditions, which take effect immediately on your first use of this website. 
If you do not agree to be bound by all of the following terms (consisting of parts A, B and C) please do not access, use and/or contribute to this NAS website.
The NAS may change these terms from time to time and so you should check these terms regularly. Your continued use of this website will be deemed acceptance of the updated or amended terms. If you do not agree to the changes, you should cease using this website.

Part A: General Terms and Conditions
Part B: Online Community Terms and Conditions
Part C: Online Shop Terms and Conditions

Part A: General Terms and Conditions


  • ‘NAS’ means The National Autistic Society and Autism UK Ltd, and includes any person or organisation involved in any part of the design, development, response-handling, marketing, promotion or other similar aspects of this site. 
  • ‘User’ or ‘Users’ refers to any person or persons viewing or interacting with this site.
  • ‘Content’ refers to any text, photograph or other image presented on this site to users by either NAS or other users, and ‘Your Content’ is content that you upload to the NAS Community or other parts of the NAS website.
  • ‘Community’ means the community forum or forums to which you subscribe and to which you upload your content.


Every care is taken to ensure that the information included in this website is accurate but inaccuracies may nevertheless occur. If you discover any information which you believe to be inaccurate please email:

Please note that the views represented on this site do not necessarily reflect those of the NAS.

There are a number of links from this website to sites maintained by other groups. These links are provided purely to assist you and in good faith. The presence of a link does not imply that the NAS endorses or supports these groups nor does the absence of a group imply that the NAS does not support it.

The NAS cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss caused by any inaccuracy in the materials on this site, or in linked sites/pages.

Intellectual property rights (IPR)

The National Autistic Society, which is a charity, registered in England and Wales (CR269425) and in Scotland (SC039427) with its registered office at 393 City Road, London, EC1V 1NG, United Kingdom is, save where indicated to the contrary, the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights on this and all NAS managed websites and in the material published on them. Those sites and materials are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved. No materials may be reproduced without permission.

(Note: See ‘Online Community-related Terms and Conditions’ below regarding IPR relating to User-submitted Content.)
To apply for permission to reproduce NAS copyrighted Content, please use the Re-using or translating material from any NAS media form.

Please complete this form when seeking permission to re-use or translate material from any NAS book, magazine, leaflet, video, CD-ROM, website or other media. The information you provide in this form will enable the NAS to make a fair decision, so please fill in as much detail as you can.

Alternatively, please contact:

Permissions Administrator
Publications Department
The National Autistic Society
393 City Road
London EC1V 1NG


Limitation of liability

You agree, to the maximum extent allowed by law, to indemnify the NAS and any affiliates from and against any and all liabilities, expenses (including legal fees) and damages arising out of claims resulting from your use of the website, including, without limitation, any claims alleging facts that if true would constitute a breach by you of these terms. If you are dissatisfied with any of the website material or with any of these terms, your sole remedy is to discontinue using the website.

The NAS shall not be liable for any claims, losses, injuries, penalties, damages, costs or expenses arising from the use of, or inability to use, the website or its content, or from any action taken or omitted.


By using this NAS website, you agree to the placement of cookies on your device. If you choose not to receive our cookies, we cannot guarantee that your experience will be as fulfilling as it would otherwise be.

Further information about cookies and how they are used by this website and how to control them.


  • Where a breach of these terms and conditions occurs, the NAS reserves the right to take such action as it sees fit.
  • This agreement shall be governed in accordance with English law and you submit to the sole jurisdiction of the English courts.


Should you have any queries about our terms and conditions, please contact the Web Editor via post or email:

Web Editor
The National Autistic Society
393 City Road


Part B: Online Community Terms and Conditions


  • The NAS refers to itself as 'we' and 'our' in this section of the terms and conditions.
  • 'User', 'Users' or 'You' refers to any person or persons viewing, interacting with this website or participating in the community.
  • 'Content' means any words, pictures or recordings a user submits to the website or community. This includes messages, personal profiles, user names and email addresses.
  • 'Link' or 'Links' means internet hyperlinks.


The purpose of the NAS online community is to provide a safe and supportive forum for people on the autism spectrum, their parents, guardians, family, friends, colleagues, and those working in the field of autism to share experiences, views and opinions.
The NAS community and NAS websites in general are not a substitute for professional advice. You should consult your doctor, or other relevant professional, before making any decisions that could affect the health of you or others.


All content submitted by users, views, opinions and information, whether publicly posted or privately sent are those of the individual and are not the views, policy or advice of the NAS. This includes content submitted by NAS staff members when they are participating as individuals in a non-official capacity.

You understand and acknowledge that the person who submitted content is the only person responsible both for their views and the accuracy of their information. 

Any link or reference to third party organisations, their products or their services does not mean that the NAS endorses them or their products or their services. The NAS aims to remove such references but is not required to do this.

Personal information

It is a condition of use of the community that all information submitted by you at registration is truthful and accurate and that you will maintain the accuracy of this information.

Age restriction

Our online community is solely for users aged 16 and over.

If you are 15 years of age or younger you must not register for, or participate in, the online community.

We reserve the right to close your account immediately if we believe that you are 15 years of age or younger. If we close your account we we are not obliged to give you any warning, but we will attempt to notify you afterwards by email.

Conduct of users

  1. You agree not to participate in mischievous or malicious behaviour which causes damage or may cause damage to the NAS or this site or any of the computer systems where this site resides. 
  2. Messages or links must not be excessively repeated intentionally with the aim of damaging the community.
  3. You must not impersonate anyone else including NAS staff or falsely state or suggest that you have an affiliation with a person or association.
  4. You must not try to gather personal information from other users of the community.
  5. You agree not to set up multiple accounts with the website.

Content submitted by users must adhere to the following conditions:

  1. Content must not be obscene, defamatory or libellous, vulgar, sexually orientated, hateful, threatening, or in violation of any laws.
  2. Content must not be sexist, homophobic, racist, intolerant of religious beliefs, or otherwise discriminatory. This includes links to porn or hate sites.
  3. Content must not infringe any copyright, registered trade marks, rights of privacy, rights of confidentiality, publicity or other intellectual property, or other rights of any other person or organisation.
  4. Content, including your posts or profile entry, must not contain your, or any other users’, personal contact information, such as: email addresses and personal website addresses, postal addresses, telephone, or fax numbers.
  5. Content must not contain any information about any person who is 15 years old or younger, which could be used to identify them.
  6. Links to websites are allowed in public posts and in personal profiles at the discretion of the NAS. Attempts to use the online community for business purposes and or profit will be removed.
  7. Whilst mentions of products and brands are acceptable within messages or profiles, advertisements or promotions of specific products or services are not allowed and will be deleted.
  8. Links submitted in content (as part of a message or in user profiles) must not link to web pages or services that break UK law or conflict directly or in spirit with the terms and conditions of use of the online community. Your account will be closed immediately if you link to illegal sites.
  9. Content must be posted in English, unless a language-specific forum is made available for speakers of other languages.

The NAS may edit or remove content that does not meet the conditions listed above. Users who submit content that does not meet these conditions may have their account closed without notice. See ‘Community moderation’.


You are responsible for the content submitted from your account.

Should any legal action arise from the content you submit to the community, you undertake to indemnify and hold the NAS harmless against all costs arising from such legal action. Including any claim liability, cost damage or loss incurred by the NAS.

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and copyright of user content 

You retain the ownership rights for your content and contributions and grant the NAS a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sub-licensable right to exercise the copyright, publicity, trade marks, database rights and intellectual property rights you have in the contributions, in any media known now or in the future.

In addition, you waive all moral rights you have in the contributions to the fullest extent permitted by law. You represent and warrant that you are entitled to grant such a licence to us.


Gathering information for surveys and research studies, or similar, using the online community is strictly prohibited unless prior permission has been given by the NAS. 

Information on research and how to apply can be found at:

Community moderation

  • The NAS has the right to remove, edit, move or close any message or group of messages (public or private) for any reason. The NAS is not required to do this.
  • The NAS is not obliged to enter into any correspondence regarding the moderation of content on the NAS website or the NAS online community.
  • The NAS has the right to modify or delete any or all information relating to a user, including deletion of that user's account, without prior notice or reason.
  • Any removal or banning of a visitor from anywhere on the NAS online community is binding and the decision is final. The NAS is not required to explain any removal or ban.

In cases of dispute, the decision of the Chief Executive Officer of The National Autistic Society is final.

Community rules

The community rules are a summary of key parts of the terms and conditions. Should there be any discrepancy between the community rules and the terms and conditions, the terms and conditions take precedent.