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A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland

Autism and Neurodiversity across the Lifespan

There is increasing support for taking a 'Neurodevelopmental' approach to understanding the range of ways children, young people and adults present.  We include more detail about language on our Turas page about the personal nature of language choice, and what we mean when we talk about neurodiversity and neurodivergence.

Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects approximately 1% of the population in Scotland.  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is another neurodevelopmental condition that affects approximately 3-5% of the population.  Improving access to assessment, diagnosis and consistent standards of intervention and support has been a key focus for The Scottish Government, NES and our partner organisations.  The most recent refresh of The Scottish Strategy for Autism reiterates staff education, training and development as being at the heart of the strategy. Similarly, the recent Scottish Government Neurodevelopmental Service Specification sets out 7 standards of care for the support of neurodivergent children and young people.

NES remains committed to working in partnership with stakeholders across agencies to deliver high-quality education and enabling excellence for the health and care of neurodivergent individuals and their families.

About our work

Our aim is to collaborate, create learning resources, and deliver training, consultation and support to improve knowledge and skills to enable neurodiversity affirming practice to happen across all health and social care setting.  To date, our resources have been adapted for use across the UK, Ireland and Internationally.

How to access and use our resources

Our Turas Learning page is always being updated, and includes a wide range of resources, including our educational frameworks, webinars, e-learning modules, and other resources. 

Our focus has been on two important areas, Recognition, Assessment, Diagnosis and Individual Formulation; and Support, Education and Evidence Based Interventions

Resources on Turas are free to access for anyone.  Some require an account to access, but anyone can register using any email address.  You can register for Turas Learn here

Contact us

For further information about resources and upcoming events or should you wish copies of any of our resources, please send your request to:


Last updated: 26/05/2023

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