The National Autistic Society (NAS) was formed in 1962 on the initiative of a group of parents who were later joined by professionally interested people. Today, the Society has grown into the UK’s foremost charity for people with autism and those who care for them, spearheading national and international initiatives and providing a strong voice for autism. The organisation works in many areas to help people with autism live their lives with as much independence as possible.

The NAS:

  • Runs education and adult centres.
  • Supports local authorities in the development of their own specialist services.
  • Publishes a range of books, leaflets and journals.
  • Works to improve awareness of autism.
  • Runs an Autism Helpline service for parents and carers and people with autistic spectrum disorders.
  • Provides an Information Centre enquiry service for interested professionals, drawing on a research database covering all aspects of autism (including Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder).
  • Organises conferences and training programmes.
  • Offers specialist diagnosis and assessment services.
  • Provides volunteer schemes to support parents.
  • Encourages research into the causes of autism.
  • Provides a website giving a range of information about autism and Asperger syndrome and links to other useful resources.
  • Supports local groups and families around the country.
  • Provides consultancy to professionals and organisations working in the field of autism.
  • Offers an accreditation programme for autism-specific education and care services.
  • Runs Prospects, a supported employment service for adults with autistic spectrum disorders.

The National Autistic Society
393 City Road
London
EC1V 1NG

Telephone: 020 7833 2299
Fax: 020 7833 9666

Website: www.nas.org.uk

Email: autismhelpline@nas.org.uk

Helpline: 0870 600 8585 (Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 10.00 – 16.00; Thurs 10.00 – 20.00)
Information Centre (for professionals): 020 7903 3599 (Mon – Fri. 10.00 – 16.00)
Parent to Parent scheme: 0800 9520 520
Befriending: 0115 911 3369

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