The National Autistic Society (NAS) is the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families, providing information, support and pioneering services, and campaigning for a better world for people with autism.
The National Autistic Society website is full of useful information and is well worth a visit.
Their work relies on your support, so please get involved or donate today
Some links to areas of the NAS website that may be helpful:
Autism Helpline Tel: 0808 800 4104
Lines are open 10am-4pm, Monday to Thursday
and 9am-3pm on Fridays
Free from landlines and most mobiles
The NAS Autism Helpline provides impartial, confidential information and advice for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families and carers.
Parent-to-Parent Service Tel: 0808 800 4106
Free from landlines and most mobiles - 3, O2, Orange, T-mobile, Virgin and Vodafone
Parent to Parent (P2P) is a UK-wide confidential telephone service providing emotional support to parents and carers of children or adults with autism.
The service is provided by trained parent volunteers who are all parents themselves of a child or adult with autism.
Education Rights Service Tel: 0808 800 4102
Leave a message on the answering service and you will be called back (free from landlines and most mobiles).
The NAS Education Rights Service provides impartial, confidential information, advice and support on education rights and entitlements for parents and carers of pre-school and school-age children with autism to help them get the educational support their child needs.
Community Care for Children
Accessing community care for autistic children is slightly different depending on where you live in the UK. Read specific information about accessing support in your nation, including how to make a complaint.
People with autism (including Asperger syndrome) vary greatly in their support needs. Some live independently but others may require support with certain tasks or, in some cases, may need 24 hour specialist support. The range of support options available to people with autism continues to grow.
Welfare Rights Service
The Welfare Rights Service offers advice and information on all aspects of social security benefit entitlement. This includes advice on which benefits you may be entitled to, general advice on completing claim forms, what to do if you think a decision is wrong and how to appeal to a tribunal.
Benefits and care
If you're autistic or you care for someone on the autism spectrum, you may be entitled to financial support and services from local authorities. This section explains what different benefits may be available, all about community care services, how to appeal, and other support options. You can also find advice about managing money.
‘My Hospital Passport’
‘My Hospital Passport’ is a resource for people with autism who might need hospital treatment.
The passport is designed to help people with autism to communicate their needs to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
Autism Services Directory
The Autism Servies Directory is the UK's most comprehensive directory of services and support for people with an autism spectrum condition, their families, and people who work with them.
Please note that the NAS does not inspect the services listed.