Practical knowledge

Practical knowledge, hands-on tools and techniques for staff working directly with children on the autism spectrum, including teachers, health professionals and employers. The resources in this section will help to better understand the experiences of people with autism, how to involve and enable people to participate effectiveley, and how to safeguard children and adults at risk. Use the links on the right hand side to find resources in specific topic areas.


Protecting adults at risk in London: Good practice resource


This online resource will help people who work in adult social care to carry out their responsibilities to safeguard adults at risk. Although the resource focuses on London, it will be of interest to a wider audience. Read more »

Schools Report 2012

Ambitious about Autism has brought together a range of key statistics that illustrate how schools are performing for children and young people with autism in 2012. Read more »

Shaping Children’s Services Together


This resport advocates a collaborative approach between local authorities and parents based on mutual respect, trust and empathy because it’s been proven that effective partnership working produces a win-win situation for parents and local authorities. Read more »

Social Care Jargon Buster


The Social Care Jargon Buster is a plain English guide to 52 of the most commonly used social care words and phrases and what they mean. Read more »

Social inclusion training pack

The Social inclusion training pack is a suite of tools and approaches that staff teams and organisations can use to help achieve better outcomes for people. Read more »

Supporting adults with autism


This e-learning module, developed by the British Pschological Society (BPS) will find help you to consider how you can best support someone with autism. Read more »

The Bridge

The Bridge is a major provider of professional development in the UK in the field of education, both special and mainstream, holding a reputation particularly in the fields of Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD). Read more »

The undiscovered workforce: a guide for MPs on increasing employment opportunities for people with autism


This guide produced by the National Autistic Society aims to raise awareness amongst MPs on how best to bring together local people and organisations interested in increasing employment opportunities for people with autism. Read more »

Tourette Syndrome: Key facts for teachers


Tourettes affects the person with the condition much more than it affects those around them. This leaflet provides key fact about Tourettes Syndrome to help teachers better understand what the condition is like for them. Read more »

Untapped Talent: A guide to employing people with Autism


This guide encourages employers to implement some straightforward adjustments to make better use of the exceptional talents that people with autism can have. Read more »

Whichever way you look at it, it’s still autism

Larry Arnold, who is on the autistic spectrum, made this DVD to give a new view from the world of autism. Read more »

Whistleblowing helpline

The whistleblowing helpline is an independent, confidential, free phone service for staff and organisations working within the NHS and social care sector. It is provided by Mencap and commissioned by the Department of Health. Read more »

Working with an Asperger pupil in secondary school

This booklet is aimed at anyone working with children with Asperger syndrome in secondary schools. Read more »

Working with Asperger Syndrome in the Classroom: An Insider’s Guide


This guide to the basics provides those working in an inclusive classroom with what they need to know to make their job easier, and to make a real difference to the Asperger Syndrome student in their care. Read more »

Working with people with autism: the autistic perspective


In this film, produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence, we see how Scott, a man with autism and learning disabilities, and Marie, a professor with Asperger’s Syndrome, learn to make sense of society, with the support of colleagues and family members. Read more »