autistic spectrum disorders

Autism Self Direct

Website of the Autism Self Direct SDS service, a single referral point for anyone looking for an autism specific self-directed support service.

Real life stories

A series of stories from people with autism, parents and siblings.

Autism: telling a story through video

Details in a step by step format how IRISS helped Liam, a 20-year old with autism, create a video CV in order to demonstrate how someone with autism might better present their skills.

Getting on? Growing older with autism

Paper that sets out the challenges facing people with autism in older age – as reported by them and by the people who support them. It also suggests how changesto central and local government policy can help to meet these challenges and so help all older adults with autism to lead the life they choose.

The report is based on interviews, focus groups and surveys with older people with autism and their families, as well as on the outcome of two parliamentary evidence sessions during which a panel of peers (the Commission) heard evidence from a variety of experts.

Learning disabilities, autism and internet safety: a parent's guide

Guide that outlines some suggestions to help parents limit the risk of their child having negative experiences online and understand what action can be taken if they do.

This guide also suggests some resources that will help children get the most out of the Internet at home and in the community. It presents some case studies of actual experiences people with learning disabilities and autism have had online and learning points that can be taken from these experiences.

Autism in children and young people: NICE guidance

Report of project on autism spectrum disorders in children and young people: recognition, referral and diagnosis.

Another way: transforming peoples' lives through good practice in adult social care

Good practice report which offers snapshots - case studies from VODG member organisations - depicting the core issues that help improve the lives of vulnerable people.

The group of people that concerns this report include those with severe and complex needs, with sensory impairments or who have a autistic spectrum disorder.

Improving access to social care for adults with autism

Guide that looks at how social care services can improve access to adults with autism.

It is based on research that explores the barriers to services experienced by people with autism. It covers people with autism, whether or not they also have a learning disability.

The guide suggests ways services can improve, identifying how best to meet the goals of the government's autism strategy.

The Scottish strategy for autism

This first chapter is a free-standing condensed version of the strategy which provides readers with an overview of what autism is and the challenges which individuals with the condition and their families face in everyday life. It then describes how the autism strategy will address their needs over the next 10 years.

Chapter two provides more detailed information on the issues contained in the overview for those who want to take more time to understand the issues in greater depth. It explains the context behind each of the recommendations and why these are critical to success.