Here is a small selection of our ‘go-to’ web resources and articles. Note that if you’re an employee or volunteer of a police force or law enforcement agency, we recommend that you join our web forum – here you’ll find a much larger range of resources including service delivery, and you can join in discussions and connect with other members and support professionals.
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
- Statutory guidance for local councils and local health bodies
- Autism helpline
- Myths, facts and statistics
There are several autism self-screening questionnaires on the web – here is 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 the links for a list of current projects and 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.
The ADHD Foundation works in partnership with individuals, families, doctors, teachers and other agencies to improving emotional wellbeing, educational attainment, behaviour and life chances through better understanding and self-management of ADHD and related learning difficulties. The Foundation has produced a guide to ADHD – this is pitched at healthcare professionals, but contains useful information for anyone not familiar with the condition.
The mental health charity Mind has a comprehensive library of resources on mental health and mental illnesses including anxiety and depression, conditions which commonly affect those on the autism spectrum
The Sunflower Lanyard Scheme allows members of public with hidden conditions such as autism to discreetly signal to staff in public spaces that they may need additional support. The scheme is recognised in rail stations, airports, supermarkets and other public locations around the world. Lanyards, wristbands and other forms of identification can be purchased from the website shop.
If you have a neurodivergent condition such as autism, you are likely to be covered by the Equality Act 2010:
- The government Disability Unit has produced a PDF guide to what constitutes a disability under the Equality Act (neurodivergent conditions are included as examples of long-term impairments on pages 8-9)
- ACAS has provided a guide to the Act and the protections afforded by it for disabled employees
More information on your rights and entitlements can be found on the Disabled Police Association resource web pages
The GMB Union has produced a guide to neurodiversity and employment law, ‘Thinking Differently at Work’, which explains employees’ entitlements concerning treatment of disability in the workplace, reasonable adjustments and career progression
ACAS has produced a set of resources for employers on neurodiversity in the workplace
The Data & Marketing Association has produced the Autism Employer Guide to help employers to understand autism and its potential to diversify and expand the pool of talent available to them
The National Autistic Society has produced a guide for police officers on how to work with autistic victims, witnesses and suspects
Article by Autism West Midlands on autistic people coming into contact with the police
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