Texts from autistic people

This page contains links to documents from a range of sources, including Autistic Self Advocacy Network, ASAN UK and the Autistic Rights Group.

It is important to note that these documents are not intended to replace the advice and guidance of health professionals, and they are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

The following documents are not to be relied upon to diagnose or treat a particular condition. They are not intended to replace any advice given by a health professional.

ASAN UK Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Autism Self Advocacy Network is a registered charity that provides support, advice and training to people with autism and their families.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network has information on their website about:

  • Access to NHS services

Working with GPs and dentists

Making an appointment

Working with the council and housing authorities

The NHS

  • Social care
  • The police
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Other statutory services
  • Legal services
  • The courts and tribunals

ASAN UK Autistic people make the NHS work better.

Autism Rights Group

Autism Rights are campaigning to raise awareness of the issues faced by people with autism and to improve the quality of life of people with autism and their families.

Aims of ASD Rights Group

  • To bring the autistic community into the mainstream of decision-making
  • To increase awareness of the issues faced by people with autism
  • To highlight the value of autism to society and to promote the development of autistic communities
  • To improve the quality of life of people with autism and their families
  • To enhance the skills and experience of health professionals working with people with autism

Please note that the ASD Rights group does not provide any information, advice or support services to people with autism.

ASD Rights Group

The ASD Rights Group is a registered charity, and has been working since 2003 to increase understanding and improve the lives of people with autism, their families and those who support them.

They aim to provide advice and support to anyone with autism and their families.

Autism Support Group

The Autism Support Group is a registered charity. We work with autistic people and their families to support them to live a happy and fulfilling life.

We provide information about autism, support from autistic adults, and advice and information to the general public, as well as being active in ensuring that the autism community is involved in making decisions.

Autism UK

Autism UK is the leading autism charity in the UK.

It campaigns on the behalf of autistic people, and represents people with autism in all areas of public life.

Autism UK has a website that explains a range of issues, and provides information about the NHS, social services and the legal system, and lists useful resources. It also has a ‘My Voice’ section, which people with autism can use to contact the charity with questions or concerns.

Autism Rights UK

Autism Rights UK (ARUK) is a registered charity, which was founded in 1998. They work on the behalf of people with autism to raise awareness about their rights and to lobby for improvements in law and practice.

ARUK have an online forum, and they produce newsletters and articles that can be downloaded free of charge.

Autistic Rights Group

Autistic Rights Group is a registered charity. We work on the behalf of people with autism to raise awareness about their rights and to lobby for improvements in law and practice.

Autistic Rights Group have an online forum, and they produce newsletters and articles that can be downloaded free of charge.

ASAN UK Autistic People Speak

Autistic People Speak provides an archive of interviews with people with autism. It is an online resource for people, organisations and individuals who work with or support people with autism.

Autistic People Speak contains interviews with:

  • People with autism, their families and carers.
  • Professionals who work with people with autism.
  • Local authorities, health and social care professionals, family carers and other people with autism.
  • Local leaders and campaigners.
  • People who work with children and young people with autism.
  • Parents and carers of children with autism.
  • People with autism who have disabilities.
  • People with learning disabilities and autism.
  • People from other backgrounds and with other disabilities.
  • People affected by mental health problems.
  • People with other disabilities.
  • Teachers and professionals who work with children with autism.

Autistic people speak

Autistic People Speak is a registered charity. We work on the behalf of people with autism to raise awareness about their rights and to lobby for improvements in law and practice.

Autistic People Speak has an online forum, and they produce newsletters and articles that can be downloaded free of charge.

Autism Society of Great Britain

The Autism Society of Great Britain is the UK’s leading autism charity.

We speak out on behalf of people with autism to explain their rights, and to highlight the value of their contribution to society.

Autism Society of Great Britain has a website, and a forum, which can be used to discuss autism.

Autistic PALS

The Autistic PALS is a group of autistic individuals. We work together, uniting against discrimination and prejudice.

Our aim is to provide an environment where autistic individuals and their families can feel safe and supported.

Autistic PALS has a forum on Facebook, and they produce newsletters and articles that can be downloaded free of charge.

Autistic Rights UK

Autistic Rights UK is a registered charity, and was founded in 1999. We work on the behalf of people with autism to raise awareness about their rights and to lobby for improvements in law and practice.

Autistic Rights UK has an online forum, and they produce newsletters and articles that can be downloaded free of charge.

Closing thoughts

This is the first part of a series on Autism Awareness Week, which runs from 25 May to 1 June.

You can read the whole series here. If you’re looking for more information about autism, there are websites that can provide more details.

If you’re worried about or concerned about someone with autism, you can contact us. Or you can call us 020 7089 0470.

You can also read some of our previous blogs about autism.

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