Our understanding of autism has developed a great deal over recent years, but there is still much work to be done. Researching and studying autism and related issues is vital not just to understand the causes and effects of autism, but to make sure that autistic people receive the best possible support.
If you're researching or studying autism, our autism library catalogue is a great resource.
Get involved in our research and fieldwork
If you are looking for a postgraduate research project, we might be able to help. There are opportunities to research best practice within The National Autistic Society and conduct evaluations of our projects. Please contact email@example.com. We are also looking for volunteer fieldworkers to help us conduct surveys and focus groups.
We currently have opportunities to conduct case study research with schools and other service providers on their experiences of autism accreditation. The project will run until summer 2017 and may be suitable as a dissertation for a postgraduate researcher.
Help us by participating in a major study of autistic adults
Our charity is supporting a study by Newcastle University to learn about the lives of adults on the autism spectrum and their relatives. We are recruiting adults on the autism spectrum of all ages, their relatives and carers. Participation is entirely voluntary. The study will help us better understand the lives of autistic adults, and generate knowledge we can use to provide, and campaign for, better services.
Involve us in your research
We have been a co-participant in many projects. Our unique experience, contacts and influence mean that we can help ensure research is high quality, attuned to autism and has a real impact. If you are considering bidding for funding for research and would like to discuss co-participation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research Autism is an independent, non-profit making charitable trust committed to improving the lives of people with autism through research into new and existing health, education, social and other interventions. Research Autism has achieved certification to the Information Standard, and its website is an authoritative source of comprehensive, impartial information about autism interventions. They look at what interventions claim to do and whether or not there is any evidence to back up the claims.
If you are involved in postgraduate research, Research Autism may be able to help you to find participants. If you want to be a participant, you can find the details of current projects on Research Autism's website.
Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
Read the latest autism research reports in Autism, the International Journal of Research and Practice. Autism a major international forum for research of direct, practical relevance to improving the quality of life for people with autism or autism-related disorders.
A number of universities and colleges run taught and research courses (including distance-learning courses) for professionals working with children and adults who are on the autism spectrum. Please note that inclusion on this list should not be taken as a recommendation by the National Autistic Society. Contact the establishments for further details of the courses they offer, or find out about general health, social care and education qualifications.
The National Autistic Society - our accredited university programmes
University of Aberdeen
Bangor University, Wales
Queen’s University Belfast
BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities)
University of Birmingham
University of Brighton
University of Bristol
University of East London
Grampian SVQ Accredited Centre - SQA courses in supporting autistic people (level 7 and level 8)
University of Kent
Kingston University London
University College London
Manchester Metropolitan University
New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling
University of Northampton
University of Northumbria
Sheffield Hallam University
University of Stirling
University of Strathclyde
University of Ulster
University of South Wales
For general information on careers, training and qualifications, visit:
Last reviewed February 2017