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National Autistic Society (NAS)

Founded in 1962, we are the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. Our goal is to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people. The work relies on your support, so please get involved or donate today. You’ll be helping some of the 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK. Thank you.

 

NAS website is full of useful information and well worth a visit. Below are a few things that NAS is supporting right now, please take a look:

 

I'm a celebrity get me out of here star Anne Hegerty has opened up about her autism diagnosis... learn more about her story

 

It's what we do! We provide information, support and pioneering services; campaigning for a better world for autistic people take a look here to find out more

 

Help transform lives. For Joseph, Christmas needs to be more practical so that he experiences the 'magic' in his own way... Support us at Christmas

Autism Helpline: tel: 0808 800 4104 (mon-fri, 10 am-4 pm)

or complete online form which can be found: www.autism.org.uk/helpline

 

NAS Autism Helpline provides impartial, confidential information and advice for autistic people and their families and carers.

 

If you phone, the Helpline will take details of your query and arrange a telephone appointment for you with our community care case worker. The case worker will call you back at the agreed time to discuss your query in detail.

 

If you email, give as much information as possible about your query. They aim to respond to email enquiries within 10 working days.

Too Much Information Campaign

 

Too Much Information (TMI) is a campaign delivered by The National Autistic Society to increase public understanding of the five core features of autism and to give people an understanding of what actions they can take to help autistic people.

 

Those five core features are:

  • anxiety in social situations

  • anxiety with unexpected changes

  • sensory overload

  • meltdowns

  • processing time

 

Public awareness of autism

In 2015, we carried out a YouGov poll and found that 99.5% of people in the UK had heard of autism. This means that, more or less, we're all aware of autism: 'autism awareness' has arrived.

 

However, this doesn't mean the public understand autism. 73% of autistic people and 60% of their families told us that they change their own behaviour to reduce the chance of intolerance from the public. Our TMI campaign has been designed to allow the public to find out how they can change their behaviour and help open up the world to autistic people.

 

Autistic people and their families tell us that increasing public understanding of autism is the most important thing The National Autistic Society should be doing (alongside improving social care, education and access to diagnosis).

 

This is a 3 year plan and its still going - take a look at our campaign so far, real stories, our videos... help us make a difference!

Do you have a question about your child's transition to adult life or further education? Our Transition Support Service can help. They give confidential, impartial information and advice to parents and carers. Leave a message on 0808 800 0027 or email transition.support@nas.org.uk and a volunteer will get back to you.

 

The service offers family workshops and seminars for branches and other groups. These can include presentations, group discussions, and one-on-one appointments. Email Rachel.babbidge@nas.org.uk to find out more about the sessions and costs. To find out more on the NAS website

 

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