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Autism Information Resources

These information sheets are free and downloadable. They contain practical advice and strategies for families, carers, teachers and other professionals.

Adult Support

Travelling by Plane

This information sheet is designed to help you prepare for your trip, from planning your journey to arriving at your destination.

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Asperger Syndrome

This information sheet details how people with Asperger Syndrome may experience the core features of autism and have particular challenges with social interaction and non-verbal communication.

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Autism and Ageing

This information sheet is designed to give autistic adults an introduction to what happens when you get older.

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Autism, Change and Transition

This information sheet introduces reasons why, and how we can support autistic people during change and transition.

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Building Independence

This information sheet explains what being independent will mean to different people and how to achieve this.

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Community Care Assessments

This information sheet is about community care assessments and is available to any adult at risk of harm (vulnerable adult) including those with disabilities and mental health issues.

 

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Dating and Relationships

This information sheet gives an introduction to dating, from choosing a partner to disclosing your diagnosis.

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Diagnosing Autistic Adults

This information sheet is designed to give you a step-by-step guide to what you might expect to happen throughout the process.

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Friendships

This information sheet explains what a friendship is and gives some hints and tips about friendship.

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Further Education

This information sheet is designed to provide strategies for staff and students who are attending college or university with an autism person.

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Internet Safety

This information sheet is designed to help you to stay safe online. It gives some detailed explanations of why it is important and what can go wrong, as well as some top tips.

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Interviewing For a Job

This information sheet gives advice on how to interview for a job.

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Managing Stress and Anxiety for Autistic People

This information sheet is about managing stress and anxiety in autistic people.

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MEG Studies

This information sheet is designed to give you an introduction to what might happen during a research study that uses brain scans.

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MRI Scans

This information sheet is designed to give you an introduction to what might happen during a research study that uses brain scans.

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Online Dating

This information sheet introduces what you need to know about online dating.

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Personal Health Budgets

The personal health budget must be part of a care or support plan, which should explain all of your needs and how you would like these needs to be met.

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Independence Payments

The following information has been compiled using publicly accessible sources. Autism West Midlands cannot give individual benefit advice.

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Personal Budgets

This information sheet gives you an introduction to personal budgets and explains how you can contact the local authority for a personal budget.

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Autism, Sex and Relationships

This information gives an introduction to different aspects of sexual behaviour.

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Socialising

This information sheet is designed to give autistic adults an introduction to socialising.

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The Workplace

This information sheet looks at some of the key things that you may need to know about the workplace.

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Autistic Women and Girls

This information sheet explores the possible reasons for this and how autistic boys and girls are different from each other.

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Access to Work for autistic people

This information sheet gives information on the Access to Work Programme through the DWP.

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Family Support

A Guide To Travelling By Plane

This information sheet is designed to help you prepare for your trip, from planning your journey to arriving at your destination.

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Asperger syndrome

This information sheet details how people with Asperger syndrome may experience the core features of autism.

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Autism and Behaviours of Concern

This information sheet is designed to outline some possible causes of behaviours of concern and recommends some techniques to deal with them.

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Autism and Bereavement

This information sheet is designed to provide information and advice on supporting autistic people who have experienced loss.

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Autism and Self-injury

This information sheet gives information on self-injury and how to support a person who self-injures.

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Autism and Sleep

This information sheet explains some of the reasons autistic children may have difficulties with sleep, and gives some tips on how to improve sleep.

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Change and Transition

This information sheet introduces reasons why, and how we can support autistic people during change and transition.

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Autism Friendly Cinema

This information sheet gives you a list of all the autism friendly cinemas in the West Midlands and how to access them.

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Choosing a School

This information sheet is designed to help you think about whether a school is suitable for your child.

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Developing Play

This information sheet is designed to explore play in autistic children, and gives tips on how to encourage autistic children to develop their play.

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Diagnosing Autistic Children

The information sheet is based on the best practice guidelines written by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

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Exclusions from School

This sheet contains some key points about the law relating to exclusion.

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Food and Diet

This information sheet looks at difficulties some autistic people might have with food and diet and how to support autistic people to have a healthy diet and lifestyle.

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Fun Activities

This guide lists activities and toys that parents of autistic children have found particularly useful.

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Helping Autistic Children To Learn

This information sheet is about helping autistic children to learn.

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Interventions

This information sheet is about choosing the right kind of intervention for your autistic child.

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Managing Stress and Anxiety for Parents & Carers

This information sheet gives strategies to parents and carers on how to manage their own stress and anxiety.

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Meltdown and Shutdown

This information sheet helps you to understand meltdowns and shutdowns and how you can avoid/manage these.

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Pathological Demand Avoidance

This information sheet provides some behavioural strategies to support a person with PDA.

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The SEN Code of Practice

This information sheet provides a very basic overview of each part of the code.

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Sensory Issues

This information sheet gives an introduction to these issues and how to support an autistic person with sensory issues.

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Siblings and Autism

This information sheet is designed to explain how an autistic child may affect their siblings and give some tips on how to support siblings.

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Autism and Stimming

This information sheet explains stimming behaviour and how to manage this.

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Talking to Your Child About Autism

It can be difficult to know when to tell an autistic child about their diagnosis. This information sheet gives some tips on how to approach this topic.

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Telling Other People About Being Autistic

This information sheet gives some tips on how to approach this topic.

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Understanding and Dealing with Difficult Behaviours

This information sheet helps you to understand and provides tools to help deal with difficult behaviours.

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Post-diagnosis information (children)

This information sheet is for parents whose children have recently been diagnosed as autistic.

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Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPS)

An Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) is a legal document which sets out a description of a child or young person’s needs and strengths.

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Returning to School

This information sheet looks at transition back to school. It looks at the particular issues raised by the Covid-19 lockdown.

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General Support

A Guide to Autism

This information sheet gives you a guide to autism

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Access to Work (Employers)

This information sheet is for employers who would like to know more about Government schemes around employing autistic people.

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Autism and Communication

This information sheet introduces communication, and how it may be different in autistic people.

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Autism and Technology

This information sheet gives an overview of a number of apps which may be useful for various aspects of autism.

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Autism Information Sheets

All of these information sheets are available to download for free online, both on our website and our online social network Autism Connect – www.autism-connect.org.uk

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Jargon Buster

A-Z glossary of autism and related conditions.

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The Care Act

This information explains how the Care Act effects autistic people and their carers.

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Telling Other People About Autism

This information sheet gives some tips on how to approach this topic.

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Universal Credit

This information sheet is about universal credit.

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Useful Tools And Schemes

A guide for autistic people.

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Autistic Parent Carer School Disclosure Form

If you are an autistic parent and would like your child’s school to make reasonable adjustments when communicating with you as a parent, you can download, fill out and present this free form to the school authorities.

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Autism and Wearing Face Coverings

This information sheet looks at ways to support autistic people to wear face masks and what you can do if you or the person you support is unable to wear a mask.

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Other Language Versions

A Guide to Autism in Arabic

This information sheet gives you a guide to autism in Arabic.

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A Guide to Autism in Urdu

This information sheet gives you a guide to autism in Urdu.

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A Guide to Autism in Punjabi

This information sheet gives you a guide to autism in Punjabi.

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A Guide to Autism in Polish

This information sheet gives you a guide to autism in Polish.

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A Guide to Autism in Bengali

This information sheet gives you a guide to autism in Begali.

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A Guide to Autism in Somali

This information sheet gives you a guide to autism in Somali.

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A Guide to Autism in Nepali

This information sheet gives you a guide to autism in Nepali.

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Asperger's Syndrome in Arabic

This information sheet gives you a guide to Aspergers Syndrome in Arabic.

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Asperger's Syndrome in Urdu

This information sheet gives you a guide to Aspergers Syndrome in Urdu.

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Asperger's Syndrome in Punjabi

This information sheet gives you a guide to Aspergers Syndrome in Punjabi.

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Asperger's Syndrome in Polish

This information sheet gives you a guide to Aspergers Syndrome in Polish.

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Asperger's Syndrome in Bengali

This information sheet gives you a guide to Aspergers Syndrome in Bengali.

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Asperger's Syndrome in Somali

This information sheet gives you a guide to Aspergers Syndrome in Somali

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Asperger's Syndrome in Nepali

This information sheet gives you a guide to Aspergers Syndrome in Nepali.

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