At Axcis, we are extremely proud of our relationship with the National Autistic Society. As corporate sponsors, our relationship has even recently been nominated for a Charity Times Award, something we are thrilled about! Part of the work we do with them is to support and fund Network Autism. If you’ve not heard of Network Autism before, and work with people with autism, don’t miss out on this invaluable resource! Find out more about it below.
What is Network Autism?
To quote from their site:
“Network Autism is a UK wide autism specific collaboration with international reach. It is a dedicated, supported space where all those seeking to develop and contribute their skills, knowledge and practice in the area of autism can come together to network and share good practice. The unique multi-disciplinary and multi-national nature of this space will enable cross fertilisation of ideas and experience that over time could lead to the development of innovative practice and drive change across the autism sector.”
What does Network Autism offer?
The site is broken down into the following areas:
The news section of the Network Autism website brings together articles and press releases related to developments in the field of autism. From broadsheet articles to governmental releases, it’s worth keeping a regular eye on the news section or setting up alerts on the site, if you’re keen to stay up to date.
In this section of the website you will find case studies and research. Both the case studies and research articles are written by autism professionals for autism professionals. The case studies section highlights individual cases of good practice and describes what has worked for different professionals in different work sectors. In the Evidence Base (research) section you can read research summaries from leading academics as well as practitioners carrying out their own studies. Researchers are warmly welcomed to submit their own contributions.
Here you can find articles on government policy and guidance as well as insight and opinion pieces from lead autism professionals from across the autism community. Resources, guidance, and useful information can all be shared here. The Network Autism team would love your contributions to this part of the website if you feel that you have something to add
In this area you can get guidance on how to best make use of Network Autism as a resource. You’ll find terms and conditions, FAQs, and all the legal stuff. There is also guidance on how to submit your own content if you feel you have something of value to share with the autism community.
This is a locked area of the site as it’s exclusively for use by Network Autism members. If you’re not a member it takes just a few seconds to sign up and is completely free. All you need to do is provide an email address and username to get started. Once you are a member, you’ll also have the option to receive updates and newsletters. The Discussions part of the website offers an opportunity to start or join in with discussions regarding any topic related to autism. On here you’ll also find events which might be of interest. These events are not limited to NAS/Network Autism so you might find some interesting seminars, workshops and training sessions being run by other organisations, too.
Another area on the site which is locked and only accessible to members, “Groups” allows you to start a group or join one to discuss areas of interest/importance to you. For professionals this can be a particularly useful area on the site. Recent topics being discussed are “Autism Free Schools” and “Sensory Group”
This is another locked area which you can gain easy access to by joining up to Network Autism. It allows you to search for other members – another area of particular relevance to professionals.
Network Autism on Twitter
In todays fast-paced world, you may prefer to stay in touch with Network Autism via social media. They can be found and followed on Twitter (@NetworkAutism). They regularly share content which is useful and informative about the world of autism. They also host regular “Twitter Chats” which are always very well received. Well known figures in the autism community host a conversation around a popular topic. For example, we recently had Carol Grey – the pioneer of Social Stories – host a chat which many people joined in with and were able to ask their questions about making Social Stories work for them. Read our blog about it here.
**The next Twitter Q&A will be on July 22 with Sarah Hendrickx (@sarah_hendrickx)**
It is a great opportunity to ask your autism questions to an expert in the field, join the chat from 4pm!
A Word from Matthew Swindells – Network Autism Manager
“Network Autism launched just over 3 years ago and we have seen the site grow to over 7000 professional members from over 90 countries internationally. Our aim is to provide a central space for all those who work with people with autism, whether the main focus of their work or only a small part of it, to come together to share ideas, knowledge and good practice. We are increasingly producing more articles within the site for our wide and varied audience covering everything from online schools to dentistry and gender dysphoria. We hope if you are not already member you’ll come and join our growing professional community and share your expertise with others whilst at the same time hopefully picking up some useful tips and advice from the very varied contributors to the site. Join the conversation!”