National Autistic Society
Autism is a learning disability that affects how people communicate and how they engage with the world around them. It is a lifelong condition. The National Autistic Society (NAS) was founded in 1962 and is the UK’s leading charity for people with autism and their families. It aims to ‘create a society that works for autistic people.’
The support that NAS offers is huge. They work across education and have their own purpose built centres. They support people with autism in the workplace, helping them with their CVs and job applications as well as offering guidance to employers. In the community NAS run activities in their specialist hubs as well as offering one to one support and mentoring. NAS also provide short breaks for people with autism and their families with specialist support. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
NAS have a really informative website with sections on Aspergers, PDA, diagnosis, related conditions, gender and research.
They also have their own Brain in Hand App, which offers personalised support to people with autism, on their phone. The app has easy access to coping strategies, a traffic light system to monitor anxiety and request help from NAS if need be.
To find out more about all that NAS has to offer do visit their website: