This one-day course will develop your understanding of how to carry out care and support needs assessments that are sensitive to the needs of autistic adults.

The course has been developed by registered social workers and autism specialists in response to recommendations in the autism strategy, Think Autism, published by the Department of Health. The strategy sends a clear message that local councils and local health bodies should ensure that key staff such as needs assessors receive specialist autism training.

Course content

  • Explores the range of difficulties experienced by autistic adults and the impact of these on carrying out care and support needs assessments
  • The importance of placing the individual at the centre of thinking about autism
  • How to undertake assessments which respond to the specific needs of autistic adults within the SPELL framework
  • Matching support to meet the needs of autistic adults 
  • Key laws and policies relating to supporting an autistic adult and what they mean in practice.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at a variety of adult social care staff who carry out care and support assessments, including assessments of need and support planning. A basic understanding of autism is required for this course.

Why attend?

The course meets the training requirements of the autism strategy, Think Autism and will support you in knowing the key laws and policies relating to supporting autistic people and what they mean in practice. 

You will learn to recognise the difficulties in carrying out needs assessments for autistic adults and identify approaches and strategies to overcome these.

Through learning to place the individual at the centre of thinking about autism and how to match support to meet their needs, you will be able to complete care and support needs assessments which reflect the nature of autism. 

You'll meet fellow practitioners and work with an NAS trainer who has many years' experience of supporting autistic people. On completion of the course, you can join Network Autism, our online professionals' forum.

Continued Professional Development

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This course is certified by the CPD certification service (the leading independent CPD accreditation institution) as conforming to continuing professional development principles. All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance detailing eligible CPD hours, which can be used as verifiable documentary evidence when submitting CPD recording forms. Please ask us if you'd like to know more about how to use this as evidence of your CPD, or visit


In-house training for organisations: £1,295 + VAT (price includes all expenses and training materials for up to 25 delegates) 

Training will be provided at a venue of your choice and will be inclusive of:

  • training materials and information provided for each delegate
  • opportunity to hear autistic perspectives; this may be through films, quotes from autistic people or the inclusion of a speaker by experience
  • signposting to relevant literature and resources. 


For information on booking in-house training please complete our Training Enquiry Form.