• Victoria Gallagher

Call For Evidence Issued For National Autism Strategy

Autistic people and their families, as well as the people providing care and support, are now being asked to provide their views on how support can be improved as part of the cross-government review of the national autism strategy - due to be launched later in 2019.

The government is asking for views on how autistic people feel within their communities and whether they think the general public understand their needs, whether they receive the right support for all their needs at the right time, how much they’re supported to develop skills and independence, what the key priorities should be for the future and where progress has been made.

Caroline Dinenage, minister for care, said: “Autistic people must be at the heart of any improvements we make to their care and support. This is an opportunity to make a real difference to hundreds of thousands of lives.

“We want services from healthcare to education to work better for autistic people of all ages – it’s no coincidence that learning disability and autism are one of the clinical priorities in the NHS Long Term Plan.”

Without proper understanding, autistic people and their families are at risk of finding themselves isolated and potentially developing mental health problems.

The condition is also a lot more common than many may think. According to the National Autistic Society, there are approximately 700,000 on the spectrum in the UK - which is more than one in 100. If including families, autism is part of daily life for 2.8 million of us.

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