Autism Initiatives


Autism is a lifelong condition, which affects around 1 percent of children in the UK. There is currently no cure for autism and therefore early intervention, programmes and initiatives to support children and adults with autistic spectrum disorders are very important. The autistic spectrum relates to Asperger’s syndrome, autism and related conditions. These conditions are represented by a spectrum because they affect people in very different ways, with some people suffering from very mild symptoms, with others suffering from more severe symptoms.

Autism affects people in different ways but most commonly it causes problems with communication, social interaction and behaviour. As a result of this, children and adults with autistic spectrum disorders often need help at school and home.


The National Autism Plan for Children

The National Autism Plan for Children was drawn up in 2003 by the National Autistic Society in conjunction with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The plan is designed for parents, adults and children with autistic spectrum disorders, education professionals and medical professionals.

stress-1The aims of the plan are to:

  • Promote early intervention.
  • Make the assessment process more efficient and effective.
  • Raise awareness of autistic spectrum disorders.
  • Facilitate training for staff and professionals who work with children and adults with ASD.
  • Provide necessary support and help for people affected by autism, which includes child and adult learning, helping parents and teachers and promoting independent living.
  • Promote assessment on a case-by-case basis.

World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day is designed to raise the profile of autism and create awareness of the condition all over the world. The event is hosted in conjunction with over thirty different autism charities. As part of the event, a survey is sent to professionals in various different fields, including healthcare, education, transport, retail and the police force.

Autism Education Trust

The Autism Education Trust was launched in 2007and is funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families. The AET has carried out research and the results of the studies will be used to improve support and education for children and adults with autism. The AET is working with government departments to help children and adults with autism fulfil their potential.

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