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:
- Diagnosis information for adults and children
- Information for parents, relatives and carers
- Autism helpline
- Myths, facts and statistics
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.
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 is available on our web forum – go to the Membership page for details on how to register.)
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
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
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