Some services on this site depend on cookies. This page explains in general terms what may happen if you disable them. You may also view information details of the specific cookies used on the NAS site, as well as our overall privacy policy.

Further information on deleting or controlling cookies is available at www.AboutCookies.org 

What happens if I disable cookies on this site?

You may not be able to access certain services or facilities and your use of our sites may be restricted. 

Examples of things that won't work if you disable cookies

  • Signing into (that is, not just browsing) and using the Community, Network Autism, or the Autism Services Directory.
  • The shop - specifically, you will find that the site fails to remember the goods that you have put into your shopping basket.
  • Personalisation features, such as the option at the top of the screen to set the nation in which you live. This changes some of the information on the site to be more relevant to you.

What are 'cookies'?

Cookies are small pieces of information sent by a web server to a web browser, which enables the server to collect information from the browser. Essentially a cookie takes the form of a small text file deposited on your computer's hard drive, that allows your choices and information to be remembered between one page and the next. Some examples of what cookies do:

  • allow websites to recognise that you have already have given a username and password (i.e. signed in to the site) so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • remember what is in your shopping basket until you reach the checkout
  • allow site owners to understand the patterns of behaviour of users on the site, and so to improve the site, for example:
    • they allow us to know which areas are most used (and therefore where users might like information to be added)
    • or they might provide evidence that people who ask for the page about real-life stories are also interested in information for families (so we should make it easy to find one from the other)
    • another way in which cookies help us to understand how you use our website is this: are you a new visitor, or a returning one?

What cookies are not

Cookies do not allow us to "secretly" collect personal data about you, nor do we seek to do that. However, cookies are used to enable our website to handle the personal data that you may choose to provide to us, such as by completing an online form or registering with the website. There is nothing sinister about the cookies used on the NAS website!

The use of cookies does not give access to the rest of your computer. 

Our website can only access those cookies that it has created. We do not have access to the cookies from other websites, and in turn other websites do not have access to cookies used by the NAS website.