Autism Network Scotland Reports and Research

This page will highlight reports and research conducted by ANS or to which we were a contributing partner

Primary Care Research Priorities

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on primary care and so it is timely to set primary care research priorities to support recovery. The aim of the project was to reach a consensus for primary care research priorities in Scotland and set a research direction that will be relevant for patients, carers and primary healthcare professionals in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.  Autism Network Scotland is delighted to have been a key partner in this research from the Scottish School of Primary Care.  The high profile in the report given to Mental Health is very welcome as are the references to health inequalities, early interventions and sensory and communication training. To read the final report, click here.

Autism and Ageing Well Pilot  - Executive summary (April 2021)

In 2018 the Scottish Government refreshed outcomes document highlighted that more needed to be learned about the impact of ageing on autistic people. Autism Network Scotland produced an exploratory report in 2019, based upon engagement with older autistic people, their family members, and people who support them. The findings from this formed the basis of the pilot which ran from October 2020 to March 2021. To read the executive summary of the pilot, click here.  A  full report will be available in due course.


Accessible Pilot Summary

In the video below, the Pilot team members discuss the findings of the Autism and Ageing Well Pilot. 



As part of the ANS project on autism and ageing, we feel it’s important to get the perspectives of parents and carers who may be supporting older autistic adults in many different ways.  We are delighted to have been joined by Cath and Susan from Pasda.  In this video Cath and Susan share their own thoughts and feelings about autism and ageing, based on their own personal experiences and their experiences with Pasda.  Please note that they have received permission from any individuals who they mention in this video. 


Neurodiversity in Digital Technology - Summary Report



The scope of this report covers neurodiversity in the Scottish digital technology (tech) workforce and education pipeline. It looks at the skills, strengths and barriers associated with the neurodiverse conditions themselves. And it identifies how neurodivergent people can be attracted, recruited and retained in tech occupations which are best suited to the particular strengths inherent in neurodivergent people. Further information on neurodiversity in the workplace:

• ACAS provides advice and guidance on the benefits of neurodiversity in the workplace, types of neurodivergence and how to make workplaces inclusive

• The Equality Act 2010 also provides key useful information on inclusion at work and how to prevent discrimination.

To read the report, please click here