Autism resource centre

The Department of Health funded a series of online training resources and booklets to increase awareness and understanding of autism across all public services.

The organisations below used this funding to produce a range of quality materials to enable frontline staff to better recognise and respond more effectively to the needs of adults with autism.

RCNi autism resources

These links are available as free downloads for all healthcare professionals that may come into contact with people who have autism, highlighting key issues to consider.

Download the free autism poster (PDF)

Download the free guide 'Developing specialist skills in autism practice' (PDF)


Online training courses

The National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society website provides increased awareness and understanding of autism. It also details some of the examples of autism awareness training that currently exist.
The NAS has a new innovative service called "Ask autism".   Ask autism offers online modules for professional training with the added advantage of portraying the autistic voice and in-depth detailed personal experiences.

Ask autism also offers face to face training direct from adults on the autism spectrum, conferences, and training products.

Website: www.autism.org.uk/askautism

The British Psychological Society

The British Psychological Society has developed three e-learning modules on autism, which appeal to a range of learners by delivering knowledge and understanding from introductory to specialised levels.

Two modules are freely available to both members and non-members of the BPS and the third is aimed principally at psychologists and all professionals working in this field.

Website: BPS e-learning pages

Royal College of General Practitioners

The Autism in General Practice course from the Royal College of General Practitioners enables you to improve the care you and your practice provide for patients with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC).

Please note: Registration is required to use these resources.  If you encounter difficulties opening these links, please contact Membership Services on 020 3188 7766 or email membership@rcgp.org.uk.

Website: Autism in general practice course

Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Royal College of Psychiatrists aims to engage in expanding knowledge about the psychiatry of learning disability and autism.

Website: Autism training resource



Free online resources

Skills for Care and Skills for Health

Skills for Care and Skills for Health have developed a framework to guide the delivery of autism training for the mainstream health and social care workforces.

Website: Skills for Health - Autism

Autism skills and knowledge list (PDF) and Implementing the ‘autism skills and knowledge list’ through staff training and development (PDF)


The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published two clinical guidelines on the diagnosis and management of autism spectrum disorders, including Aspergers syndrome.

Website: Children and young people: Recognition, referral and diagnosis of autism spectrum spectrum disorders in children and young people.

Website: Adults: Recognition, referral, diagnosis and management of autism spectrum disorders in adults.

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This links to an online video which looks at the techniques and skills that care workers and social workers need to support people with autism and help them achieve their goals.

Website: Social Care TV - Working with people with autism: the professionals

Healthtalkonline - University of Oxford

Healthtalkonline lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness. This information is based on qualitative research into patient experiences led by experts at the University of Oxford. 

Website: Healthtalkonline.org - autism