- To encourage all those involved with autism to become registered members of National Autistic Society
- To establish the society as the key influencer in the field of autism
To improve awareness of autism amongst key decision-makers, professionals and the general public
- To provide training and promote research into autism
- To develop a range of educational and support services for people with autism.
- Runs an advisory and information service for people with autism, parents, carers and professionally interested people
- Runs a national diagnostic and assessment service
- Organises a wide range of courses and conferences for parents, carers and practitioners
- Owns and manages schools offering day, weekly, termly and fifty-two week placements as well as residential & day services for adults
- Offers an accreditation scheme for autism specific education care and care programmes
- Works in partnership with local authorities and other organisations to enable the development of appropriate services
- Provides in-house and professional training
- Runs volunteer schemes supporting individuals with autistic spectrum disorders and families, via befriending and parent to parent links
- Parent to parent helpline 0808 800 4106
Affiliated local societies and groups exist in most parts of the UK, many of which run services. See separate Scottish entry.
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