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We’re working with the Electrical Industries Charity, which supports people working in the electrical and energy industries and their families. If you're on the autism spectrum, or a member of your family is, and you work, or have worked, in an electrical industry, you can apply to the Electrical Industries Charity to access services and support

This support would be funded by the Electrical Industries Charity and provided by The National Autistic Society. Accessing our support through the Electrical Industries Charity provides a direct link to our specialist advisers and an initial conversation to identify the most helpful services for you. You'll also get free access to membership, publications and online modules, which you would otherwise need to pay for.

Support and services for you

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If your application is accepted, we’ll work with you to assess your family's needs and provide a package of support that makes a real difference. The services available include:

  • ten year membership of The National Autistic Society: membership provides ongoing autism advice, news and information. Members receive our quarterly Your Autism Magazine, our e-newsletter and 10% off our publications. View the full list of membership benefits
  • pre-diagnosis support: the pre-diagnosis service offers telephone advice and guidance to parents, carers and individuals seeking information about diagnosis
  • local support (branch liaison): the opportunity to join one of our volunteer-run support groups/branches. Most of our volunteers have a personal connection to autism
  • publications grant: a grant for our publications about autism
  • Parent to Parent Service: this service provides an opportunity for parents of autistic children (of any age) to speak to other parents of autistic children. It offers emotional support and information by email and telephone appointment
  • Education Rights Service: provides impartial, confidential information, advice and support on education rights and entitlements for parents and carers of pre-school and school-age children on the autism spectrum. The service provides general information about educational rights and entitlements, and advice on specific topics such as getting extra help in school, assessments, education plans, reviews or school transport
  • Welfare Rights Service: offers advice and information by email and phone appointment about social security benefits, including advice on which benefits you may be entitled to, how to claim and what to do if you think a decision is wrong
  • Community Care Service: this service offers advice and information by email and phone appointment about how to access care and support from your local social services department and what to do if you’re not happy with the care and support provided
  • Specialist Behaviour Adviser: offers information and advice to autistic people, professionals, parents, carers and family members of autistic people. The service offers help and advice on a range of topics including aggression, social skills, obsessions, anxiety and sensory issues

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  • Exclusions advice: offers advice and information to parents of children and young people on the autism spectrum about all aspects of school exclusion in England. This includes advice on:
  • informal (illegal) exclusions 
  • fixed-period and permanent exclusions 
  • how to challenge your child’s exclusion 
  • what you can do if you’re concerned that your child is at risk of exclusion
  • E-befriending: The e-befriending project supports online social contact and companionship for autistic people (aged 12+) and their families. We take care to match individuals with volunteers who share common interests. Using a platform called Brightside E-befrienders, E-befriendees then exchange emails (at least once a week) communicating about things of interests or concern and offering a friendly, supportive link to the wider community
  • Transition support service: provides impartial, confidential information, advice and support to parents or carers of children and young people making the transition from school to adult life or further education. We can help with:
  • general information about rights and entitlements throughout the transition process
  • assistance with exploring options so that young people and their parents can make informed decisions
  • information about other services that may be useful during the transition process, such as legal services
  • guidance and support on specific issues such as engaging young people, finding suitable provision, making a complaint or appealing against a decision

Access support 

If you would like to access support through the Electrical Industries Charity, please visit their website, telephone 0800 652 1618 or email support@electricalcharity.org.