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National Autistic Society

National Autistic Society


The National Autistic Society (NAS) is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. We are here to transform lives, change attitudes, and create a society that works for autistic people.


What is autism?


Autism is a lifelong condition which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. There are approximately 700,000 autistic people in the UK.

Although each person is different, autistic people may often:


  • communicate or interact differently from non-autistic people


  • show repetitive or restrictive behaviour


  • have highly-focused interests


  • be over or under-sensitive to light, sound, taste or touch


  • have extreme anxiety


  • experience meltdowns or shutdowns


Autism is a spectrum condition. This means that some autistic people may have higher support needs than others. While some people may need 24-hour care, others may lead fully independent lives. Some autistic people may struggle with specific aspects of everyday life but excel in other areas. Just like anyone else, autistic people have their own individual strengths and weaknesses.


Who is this aimed at?

The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families.


How to get involved

  • Our online help and support centre: Here you can find links to immediate support, get advice on a range of autism-related topics, contact our Education Rights helpline, and more Visit the NAS Help and Support Centre page




  • Call our team on 020 7833 2299 Monday to Friday from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm or email


Contact details

Phone: 020 7833 2299 



For further information

Visit the NAS website

Visit the NAS Help and Support Centre page

Visit the NAS Our Schools page

Visit the NAS Residential and Support Living page

Visit the NAS Branches page

Visit the NAS Events and Training page

Visit the NAS Facebook page

Visit the NAS Twitter





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