Links

For people affected by autism and related conditions

The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading autism charity. Some useful links from their website:

There are several online autism diagnosis questionnaires on the web – link here to a test recommended by the NAS. Note that the score is indicative only – see the links above for information on obtaining a formal diagnosis.

The Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University is at the forefront of research into autism spectrum conditions. Click here for a list of current projects and here for a profile of the Director, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen. (In case you were wondering, comedian Sacha Baron-Cohen is his cousin.)

The British Dyslexia Association represents people with dyslexia. Amongst the resources on their website is a link to screening tools for self-diagnosis. These can generate a report which can be passed on to an employer to assist with requesting reasonable adjustments.

The Dyspraxia Foundation is a UK-wide charity, founded in 1987 as the Dyspraxia Trust. The Foundation seeks to increase understanding of dyspraxia, supports families affected by the condition, and assists healthcare and education professionals working with dyspraxic adults and children.


Employment

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has produced a comprehensive guide on autism in the workplace.

As a police officer, special constable or member of police staff with ASC, Asperger syndrome or dyslexia, you are likely to be covered by the Equality Act 2010. ACAS has provided a guide to the Act and the protections afforded by it for disabled employees. More information on our web forum – click on the Membership tab for details on how to register.

Slater and Gordon Lawyers have prepared a PDF on disability discrimination in the police workplace.

Guardian article on disability discrimination (22/02/17)

Guide to workplace bullying with links to resources (compiled by Smart Pension Ltd.)


The Criminal Justice System

The NAS has produced a guide for criminal justice professionals coming into contact with people on the autism spectrum.

Thought-provoking article by Autism West Midlands on autism and the criminal justice system.

Safety Net is a project to prevent the exploitation of people with learning disabilities by those claiming to be their friends, and aiming to deal with issues around mate crime.

Young people with autism can be at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE). Reports on CSE are available on the Barnardo’s website: Underprotected, Overprotected and It’s Not On The Radar.


International web resources

Wrong Planet is an international site for people with ASC, including the world’s largest web forum dedicated to autism and other ‘neurodiverse’ conditions.

Jennifer O’Toole, mother and wife to a family of “aspies” (and an aspie herself) has produced a great web resource, Asperkids.

There are many fascinating blogs on autism and Asperger syndrome on the web. PsychCentral.com has listed the top 10 AS blogs of 2015.

 

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