For many autistic adults, social care services are vital to ensuring that they can live full and independent lives. Yet people with autism are often poorly served by a social care system that fails to recognise their needs or offer the support they require.

We campaign hard to challenge this so that all autistic adults are able to live the life they choose.

The Autism Act guidance consultation

The Autism Act (2009) requires the Government to produce a national strategy to ensure that autistic adults get the support they need. The strategy is underpinned by statutory guidance, which add legal force to parts of that strategy. This guidance was updated and re-published in March 2015.

It’s vital that local commissioners know about this new guidance. You can help make sure they do by emailing your autism lead, using our online form. 

The Care Act

The Care Act came into force on 1 April 2014 and has made a substantial number of changes to the way that autistic adults get care and support. While the Act was going through Parliament, we successfully campaigned, in our Careless campaign, to make sure that the new rules on who is eligible for social care support reflected the needs of autistic adults, and their families.


The National Autistic Society is an active members of the Care and Support Alliance (CSA), which consists of 75 of Britain’s leading charities who are demanding a properly funded social care system. Find out more about the Care and Support Alliance online.