National Autistic Society

We champion the rights and interests of all people with autism and aim to provide individuals with autism and their families with help, support and services that they can access, trust and rely upon and which can make a positive difference to their lives.

What is autism?
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them. People with autism have difficulties with everyday social interaction. 

What is Asperger syndrome?
Asperger syndrome is a form of autism, a condition that affects the way a person communicates and relates to others. People with Asperger syndrome may find difficulty in social relationships and in communicating, and limitations in social imagination and creative play.

Publications and web resources
NAS publications (books, journals, newsletters, reports); links to useful websites; small collection of articles which have been reproduced in full by kind permission; information on research into autism

Causes, treatment and research
Possible causes of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs); the various approaches, therapies and interventions available for the management of ASDs; current research into the field and opportunities to participate in research. Includes jargon buster (or glossary of terms) of the terminology used.

Information on getting a diagnosis, how a diagnosis could help you, what happens after a diagnosis plus information on help, welfare and benefits you may be entitled to.

Benefits and welfare rights
Information about benefits you may be entitled to claim and details of our Welfare Rights Service which exists to help you through the benefits minefield and obtain the support you need.

Behaviour, communication and play
Extremely useful hints, tips and suggestions

Education: from pre-school to Fe and HE; transition planning; bullying; exclusion; getting help the help your child needs

Courses and training
Courses and training events on autism and sperger syndrome for parents, professionals and people with autistic spectrum disorders. Within this section you will find everything from half-day seminars to postgraduate qualifications, provided by the NAS and by other training providers.

The National Autistic Society
393 City Road

Tel: +44 (0)20 7833 2299
Fax: +44 (0)20 7833 9666
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