Whether you are a carer, a social worker, someone with autism, a friend or relative of someone with autism, a GP, an employer, a clinician, a care worker, a community outreach worker, or someone with a hidden impairment associated with the autistic spectrum, we want to hear from you.
The Department of Health is leading a cross-government review of the 2010 adult autism strategy, ‘Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives’, and is looking for people to give their views about how they think the strategy is working so far.
The adult autism strategy aims to improve the lives of adults with autism and has 5 areas for action:
- increasing awareness and understanding of autism
- developing clear and consistent pathways for autism diagnosis
- improving access to services and support for adults with autism
- helping adults with autism into work
- enabling local partners to develop services for people with autism
The work is not just about putting in place statutory autism services but about creating equal opportunities for people with autism, by awareness raising, training and making reasonable adjustments to everyday services.
We want to have a good look at the progress local authorities, health and wellbeing boards and the NHS is making in improving the lives of people with autism in their communities and check whether the objectives of the strategy are still fundamentally the right ones.
Autism Plus, National Autistic Society (NAS) and Autism Alliance are all supporting the review and helping us make sure there are a range of opportunities to hear people’s voices. The NAS is also running its Push for Action campaign, for better support for adults with autism, to coincide with the review. We are also asking local authorities and their partners to assess the progress they are making.
We will publish a report about our findings before the end of the year and then the revised strategy by March 2014.
I’d really like to hear about your thoughts and experiences. You can email your opinions to email@example.com, leave a comment here or send me a tweet @RouseJonDGDH.
If you are on the autism spectrum, you can also take part in the review by doing a short online survey before 6 September 2013.