Information and Resources about Autism

A wide range of information and resources about autism are available to those who would like to learn more. This includes guidance, training, research, and videos of people talking about living with autism. The resources listed below are free but you may need to register to use them.

About autism

NHS Choices
The NHS choices website has a large information section about autism:

National Autistic Society (NAS)
The NAS website contains a great deal of information about various aspects of living with autism. Here are a few links that might be useful:

Autism Assessment
Many people wonder if they might be autistic when they have read or seen on TV something that seems to describe their experience. Some people develop strategies for coping with their lives while others may find things more of a struggle.

Psychologist Professor Simon Baron-Cohen and colleagues at the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University have created the Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ) which measures autistic traits in adults. This is NOT a diagnostic test but may help you to decide whether or not to seek a formal diagnosis by going to see your GP.

If you need further advice about the test or your score, contact Greater Manchester Autism Consortium on 0161 998 4667.

Positive about Autism
Positive about Autism provide a free monthly newsletter, full of positive news about autism, training events, research and helpful advice. You can sign up to receive it on their website, www.positiveaboutautism.co.uk

Training

Stockport Council runs a number of free training courses for people with an interest in autism - Visit the Council's training webpages for more information about courses available www.stockport.gov.uk/autism-awareness-training/autism-awareness-overview

Legislation and guidance

Research, facts and figures

Joint Strategic Needs Analysis (JSNA)
The 2015/16 Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is part of a process designed to develop a shared understanding of health and care needs in Stockport. It uses information and intelligence to identify priorities to help local partners work together to deliver change which improves the health and wellbeing of people in Stockport and reduces health inequalities.
http://www.stockportjsna.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2015-16-JSNA-Key-Summary.pdf

Every local authority is required to prepare a JSNA that aims to give a picture of the number of people in Stockport with certain illnesses or disabilities– and the variations by gender, age and deprivation, plus the common co-morbidities. Information about autism can be found on page 29.
http://www.stockportjsna.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2015-19-JSNA-Long-term-Conditions.pdf

In 2013, we prepared the first Autism JSNA for Stockport. We are in the process of updating the Autism JSNA and the 2017 document should be on the website by the summer.
http://www.stockportjsna.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/JSNA_Autism_August_2013_v3.pdf

Autism@Manchester
Autism@Manchester brings together academics, clinicians and members of the autistic community. It is an active network with research covering areas as broad and diverse as education, psychology, speech and language therapy, neuroscience, biosciences and genetics. Research carried out by academics and clinicians in the network can be grouped under two main themes: understanding autism and autism interventions. Researchers are often looking for volunteers to participate in their autism research.
http://www.autism.manchester.ac.uk/