About This Website

This website is owned and run by the Research Autism information service which is a department within the National Autistic Society.

It was previously owned and run by the charity Research Autism, which is the only UK charity exclusively dedicated to research into interventions in autism.

This website is aimed at anyone with an interest in autism, including people on the autism spectrum, parents and carers, service providers and policy makers.

Because autism covers such a wide spectrum of conditions, and because each person on that spectrum is different from every other person on the spectrum, it is likely that some parts of this site will be more relevant to you than other parts of the site.

If you cannot find what you are looking for please let us know by using our Contact Form and we will try to help.


This site has been designed to provide you with information about the work of Research Autism and about interventions used to help people on the autism spectrum.

It has also been designed to act as a gateway to some of the other resources on autism, both here in the UK and overseas.

This website has NOT been designed

  • to tell people which intervention/s, if any, to use. That is a decision for the individual on the autism spectrum and/or his or her carers to make
  • to prove or disprove a given intervention. Our aim is to report on the scientific evidence behind each intervention, irrespective of whether that evidence is positive, negative or mixed.
  • to promote or to denigrate any particular group of therapies. So we look equally carefully at behavioural, pharmacological, bio-medical and other types of interventions
  • to make money. This website exists to provide independent, accurate and helpful information about interventions, not to sell you products or services.

Why do we need this site?

4 stakeholders explain why they think this site is important

  • Rt.Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, Patron of Research Autism
  • Dr. Jacqui Jackson, parent of several children with autism, Member of Research Autism' s  Scientific and Advisory Committee
  • Dr. Jamie Nicholls, ex-General Practitioner, Member of Research Autism' s Scientific and Advisory Committee, father of an adult son with autism
  • Professor Chris Cullen, previously Professor of Clinical Psychology at Keele University, and Clinical Director for Psychological Services in North Staffordshire. Previously Trustee and Co-Chair of Research Autism'ss Scientific and Advisory Committee


  • About Us: Tells you who we are and what we do.
  • Our Research: Gives an overview of  the research projects run by the charity Research Autism.
  • Autism: Explains the different forms of autism and related conditions.
  • Issues: Lists some of the most common issues faced by people on the autism spectrum.
  • Interventions: Provides details about interventions(treatments, therapies and services) used to help people on the autism spectrum.
  • Publications: Provides links to the latest research studies, as well as information about the scientific approach to research
  • Glossary: Explains some of the scientific jargon and gobbledygook.
  • Links: Provides links to other useful websites about autism research and related issues.
  • News: Keeps you up to date with the latest news about autism interventions and related issues.


We have tried to ensure that we follow best practice in creating and developing this site. For example we comply with the NHS Information Standard. More about Standards


We have tried to keep the site simple and user friendly, making use of advanced technology where this is appropriate. We have also tried to ensure that the site is accessible to everyone.  More about Accessibility Options

Legal Notices

For information about legal issues - including our disclaimer and our statements on links, privacy, copyright, advertising, and support - please see Terms and Conditions


If you want to tell us what you think about this website please email info@researchautism.net. We look forward to hearing from you!

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17 May 2018