As part of the 10 year anniversary of the Autism Act we want to help autistic people, their families and professionals access information about the rights and responsibilities that exist under the Act.

This legislation matters, the Autism Act is there to support, protect and empower people.

Evidence from a new Autism Alliance national survey paints a troubling picture, with 80% of autistic people saying they needed more information on their rights. Two thirds of local authorities said they were not using autism specific assessment tools.

The Autism Alliance launched a campaign in April 2019 to support autistic people to – "Know Your Rights”. The launch was held in Westminster with a meeting of autistic people, families and carers, as well as representatives from Mencap and the National Autistic Society.

Every autistic adult in the UK has the right to:

  • have a care needs assessment that is autism specific
  • undertaken by an assessor with the skills, competency and knowledge of autism sufficient to undertake that assessment.

The Autism Alliance have created a series of downloads intended to inform you of your rights and to help during a needs assessment: