National Autistic Society

Charity registered in Scotland SC039427

The National Autistic Society exists to champion the rights and interests of all people with autism and to ensure that they and their families receive quality services appropriate to their needs.

Current opportunity

Who we are: The National Autistic Society is here to transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people. We transform lives by providing support, information and practical advice for the 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, as well as their three million family members and carers. Since 1962, autistic people have turned to us at key moments or challenging times in their lives, be it getting a diagnosis, going to school or finding work. We change attitudes by improving public understanding of autism and the difficulties many autistic people face. We also work closely with businesses, local authorities and government to help them provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws. Why we need you: The Education Rights Service provides impartial, confidential information, advice and support on education rights and entitlements for parents and carers of pre-school and school-age children with autism across the UK. The information is provided primarily via a telephone based service frequently backed up by email and written communication. Volunteers provide this from their own home. About this volunteering opportunity: Location: Scotland, home based Training dates: Weekend training will take place in Glasgow in January 2021 Time: Four hours per week. You can choose when to make calls and you can spread the hours across two or more days around your other commitments. You will be: Calling parents and carers of children on the autism spectrum who have contacted the Education Rights Service Offering accurate and up to date information on education legislation, regulations and guidance Helping parents to get appropriate provision for their child and providing information on relevant issues and helping them to write letters and prepare for meetings Carrying out case work which may include gathering, reading and analysing documents and carrying out research Recording details of interactions with parents on the Education Rights Service database and keeping accurate records Dealing appropriately with confidential information and documentation in line with the service’s policies. Some occasional travel to attend training and forums will be necessary.