Have Your Say - Join Experience Panels and help the Scottish Government shape the new Scottish social security system

The Scottish Government is to become responsible for some of the benefits currently paid out by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The Scottish Government would therefore like to hear from people who have recent experience of these benefits so that it can design a new social security system with – and for – the people of Scotland.

To join the Experience Panels, you will need to fill out a registration form with your details so that you can be contacted about taking part in future Experience Panels research.

The information that you provide will be used for research purposes, will be kept strictly confidential and will not be shared outwith the Scottish Government.

For more information and to access a registration form, please visit the following link:


Registration closes on the 12 May 2017.

XI Autism-Europe Congress Video Published

The XI Autism-Europe Congress took place in Edinburgh this year, hosted by the National Autistic Society and with headline sponsors Axcis Education. Autism-Europe’s international congresses are dedicated to sharing advances in practical and scientific knowledge about autism to as wide an audience as possible, including researchers, professionals, parents and self-advocates.

The theme of the 2016 congress was Happy, Healthy and Empowered and it featured presentations on topics such as diagnosis, early intervention, employment and rights and services for autistic people.

View the overview video from the 2016 congress below.





New SIGN Guidelines on Autism Available

The booklet Autism – A booklet for parents, carers and families of children and young people with autism is available on the SIGN website, using the following link:


The booklet is for parents/carers of children and young people up to the age of 18 who:

• have already been diagnosed with autism
• may be going through diagnosis

The booklet explains the recommendations in a clinical guideline produced by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN), about:

• getting assessed and diagnoses for autism, and
• the approaches that can help

The booklet explains the recommendations in the SIGN clinical guideline Assessment, diagnosis and interventions for autism spectrum disorders.

St Clement's School launch Practical Autism Video Guides

Consult Yo LTD and St Clements School have collaborated on a unique and innovative new resource. Funded by the Autism & Innovation Fund, they have produced a series of videos on practical skills for supporting autistic people.

 The videos cover include the following topics:

  • Introduction to autism
  • Communication – Verbal
  • Communication – Pre verbal
  • Diagnosis and identity
  • Gender identity
  • Mental Health
  • Social Skills
  • Sexuality
  • School refusal
  • Food and dietary issues
  • Sensory issues
  • Coping with change

You can view the video playlist by clicking here

The Autism Dividend: Reaping the Rewards of Better Investment

The UK’s failure to base support for autistic people on the best available evidence comes at an unacceptable human and unsustainable financial cost. The challenges are exacerbated by the limited investment in research to fill the many gaps in that evidence. Implementing practices of proven value and increasing investment in research will improve outcomes for autistic people with less waste of scarce resources.

These are the main conclusions of our report,  the most comprehensive on current autism practice ever undertaken in the UK. The report is endorsed by leading charities and experts in the field, and calls for more to be done to shape policy and improve practice in autism.

The title of the report, The Autism Dividend: Reaping the Rewards of Better Investment, encapsulates our view that concerted action to address this failure (as set out in a series of policy and research recommendations) will result in better outcomes for autistic people, and in a more cost-effective way.

Read more on this and download the complete report here: http://nationalautismproject.org.uk/the-autism-dividend