Our understanding of autism has developed a great deal over recent years, but there is still much work to be done. Research in autism spectrum disorders is vital not just to understand the causes and effects of autism, but to make sure that autistic people receive the best possible support.

Our autism library

If you're researching autism, our autism library catalogue is a great place to start.

Get involved in our research and fieldwork

If you are looking for a postgraduate research project, we might be able to help. There are opportunities to research best practice within the National Autistic Society and conduct evaluations of our projects. Please contact research@nas.org.uk. We are also looking for volunteer fieldworkers to help us conduct surveys and focus groups.

Involve us in your research

We have been a co-participant in many projects. Our unique experience, contacts and influence mean that we can help ensure research is high quality, attuned to autism and has a real impact. If you are considering bidding for funding for research and would like to discuss co-participation, please contact research@nas.org.uk.

Research Autism

Research Autism is an independent, non-profit making charitable trust committed to improving the lives of people with autism through research into new and existing health, education, social and other interventions. Research Autism has achieved certification to the Information Standard, and its website is an authoritative source of comprehensive, impartial information about autism interventions. They look at what interventions claim to do and whether or not there is any evidence to back up the claims.

If you are involved in postgraduate research, Research Autism may be able to help you to find participants. If you want to be a participant, you can find the details of current projects on Research Autism's website.

Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice

Read the latest autism research reports in Autism, the International Journal of Research and Practice. Autism a major international forum for research of direct, practical relevance to improving the quality of life for people with autism or autism-related disorders.


Last reviewed March 2016