A consultation to
help improve care services and healthcare outcomes for adults with
autism in England was launched today by Care Services Minister
This is the next step to help adults with autism live full and
independent lives as equal and included citizens and follows the
publication ofthe strategy for adults with autism:
Fulfilling and rewarding lives.
The strategy sets a clear framework for all mainstream public
sector services to support adults with autism and is backed up by
the Autism Act 2009, the first ever condition specific legislation.
The 12-week consultation process seeks views from those with
autism, their families, carers, representative organisations and
all sectors of society on a number of important issues such as:
diagnosis of autism increasing awareness of autism amongst
frontline staff provision of training and specialist training for
frontline staff appropriate assessment of needs for those with
autism provision of relevant services for young people and adults
with autism local leadership for NHS and social care in relation
to the provision of services for adults with autism
Care Services Minister Paul Burstow said:
“I hope people will take part in this opportunity to influence
the direction and progress of our autism programme.
“It is unacceptable when adults with autism do not get the right
care and support they need from health and social care services.
“The Government wants the consultation to reach as many people as
possible, in line with our goal of giving people more say in the
decisions that affect their lives. These views will help shape our
priorities as we seek to help adults with autism live fulfilling
and rewarding lives.”
Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the National
Autistic Society, said:
“This is the vital next step people with autism and their
families have been waiting for.During the passage of the
Autism Act, Parliament described this statutory guidance as the
'teeth' of the Act, so it is vital that it
secures real and lasting change at ground level.
“Now, I’d like to urge as many adults with autism, their parents
and carers to take part in the consultation to make sure it is
robust and can be used to hold their local services to account.
The right support at the right time can make an enormous
difference to peoples’ lives.”
The statutory guidance for health and social care will be
published by December 2010. The strategy will be reviewed in 2013.
Notes to Editors
The consultation will run for a 12-week period from 30 July to
22 October 2010.
Full consultation materials can be downloaded by clicking on the
consultations link on the home page of www.dh.gov.uk
There are a range of ways for people to respond to the
-completing an online questionnaire
-responding via e mail.
4. DH has also developed templates and resource packs to share
with local and health authorities and local voluntary groups to
enable them to run their own engagement events in their area.
Further details can be found online.
5. If you require any further information, please contact the
Department of Health Newsdesk on 020 7210 5221.
Department of Health
Phone: 020 7210 5221