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‘Fulfilling and rewarding lives’: the strategy for adults with autism in England

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

 Towards fulfilling and rewarding lives: the first-year delivery plan sets out the governance structure and the actions, with timescales and responsibilities, that will be taken in the first year to support the implementation of ‘Fulfilling and rewarding lives’: The first year delivery plan for adults with autism in England

The Government’s vision is that ‘All adults with autism are able to live fulfilling and understands them. The first autism strategy for England states – They can get a diagnosis and access support if they need it, and they can depend on mainstream public services to treat them fairly as individuals, helping them make the most of their talents.’: The strategy for adults with autism in England (2010)

Autism Act 2009

Monday, March 15th, 2010

The Autism Bill has made it through its final parliamentary stage and will now become the Autism Act. The Act is the first ever disability-specific law in England.

The Autism Act started out as a Private Members Bill, drafted by The National Autistic Society (NAS) and taken forward by Conservative MP Cheryl Gillan. The Bill was backed by a coalition of 16 autism organisations and had overwhelming parliamentary support, being backed by all the main political parties. 

The adult autism strategy

Download a copy of the Autism Act here

The Autism Act will guarantee the introduction of the first-ever adult autism strategy, which will set out how local services should be improved to meet the needs of adults with autism.

The strategy will cover a range of issues including health, social care, employment and training and, crucially, will be accompanied by guidance which places a legal obligation on local authorities and NHS bodies to meet certain requirements.

The strategy will be published by April 2010 and the accompanying legal guidance no later than December 2010.

Adult Autism Strategy Document

Monday, March 15th, 2010

The adult autism strategy, which will be published early in 2010, will set out the Government’s plans to tackle the isolation, discrimination and inequality routinely experienced by many adults with autism.

Download a PDF of the adult autism strategy for England here

The strategy sets out a number of key actions and recommendations for central Government as well as for local authorities, the NHS and Jobcentre Plus.

In particular, we welcome the following aspects of the strategy.

■Improved training of frontline professionals in autism.
■The recommendation to develop local autism teams.
■Actions for better planning and commissioning of services, including involving people with autism and their parents/carers in this process.
■Actions for improving access to diagnosis.
■Leadership structures at national, regional and local levels to support delivery.
■Proposals for reviewing the strategy to make sure that it is working.

Autism Act 2009

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

The Autism Bill has made it through its final parliamentary stage and will now become the Autism Act. The Act is the first ever disability-specific law in England.

The Autism Act started out as a Private Members Bill, drafted by The National Autistic Society (NAS) and taken forward by Conservative MP Cheryl Gillan. The Bill was backed by a coalition of 16 autism organisations and had overwhelming parliamentary support, being backed by all the main political parties. 

The adult autism strategy

The Autism Act will guarantee the introduction of the first-ever adult autism strategy, which will set out how local services should be improved to meet the needs of adults with autism.

The strategy will cover a range of issues including health, social care, employment and training and, crucially, will be accompanied by guidance which places a legal obligation on local authorities and NHS bodies to meet certain requirements.

The strategy will be published by April 2010 and the accompanying legal guidance no later than December 2010.

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Department of Health – Adult Autism Strategy

Friday, May 29th, 2009

The Department of Health is conducting research into the numbers of adults with autism and transitions challenges for young people. If you would like to have your say in the consultation process, please go to their website.

The strategy will look at the needs of all adults with autism from across the spectrum (including Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism). The DoH is in consultation with individuals and will be producing a publication of its findings at the end of 2009.

Cheryl Gillan’s Autism Bill Passes Crucial Milestone

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Cheryl Gillan’s Autism Bill Passes Crucial Milestone

Article Date: 18 May 2009  – The National Autistic Society

The Government has, for the first time, declared its support for what could be England’s first Autism Bill. The National Autistic Society (NAS) celebrated the move as a vital development for people with autism as Care Services Minister Phil Hope committed to enshrining in law a raft of new measures, via the Autism Bill, which could drive a dramatic improvement in local authority and NHS services for people with the condition.

Last night, MPs voted yes to the Government’s proposed blueprint and time scales to improve support and in a major development the Care Services Minister gave the forthcoming national adult autism strategy extra force by adding it to the Autism Bill. The Bill now awaits its third reading scheduled for the 19th June and with the support of the Government is likely to pass to the House of Lords.

Mark Lever, chief executive of the NAS said; “We are absolutely delighted that the Government is prepared to take decisive action to tackle the shocking lack of help which leaves people affected by autism feeling isolated, ignored and often at breaking point. The Autism Bill has passed a major and crucial hurdle on the road to becoming law but there’s still some way to go. Autism is a serious, lifelong and disabling condition, and without the right support it can have a profound and sometimes devastating effect on individuals and families so we will keep working with the Government to ensure the Autism Bill can deliver where it is really needed.”

The Autism Bill is being championed through Parliament as a Private Member’s Bill led by Conservative MP Cheryl Gillan and was drafted by the NAS on behalf of a coalition of 15 other autism charities. She said; “I commend the Government on their commitment to transforming the lives of children and adults with autism via the support of Schools and Learners Minister, Sarah McCarthy-Fry and Care Services Minister, Phil Hope. Today is a real turning point for the thousands of people affected by autism who have been unable to get the help they desperately need and I look forward to working with the Government to make this vitally important Bill a reality.”

The Government’s measures come as the NAS I Exist campaign found that at least 1 in 3 adults with autism are experiencing serious mental health difficulties due to a lack of help. Under the Autism Bill the national adult autism strategy, due at the end of this year, will hold local authorities and NHS services legally responsible for providing support for adults with the condition and ensure they have clear routes to diagnosis, assessment and support. The NAS is, therefore, urging as many people affected by autism as possible to take part in the consultation for the strategy which closes on the 15th September.

This boost for adults with autism builds on a previous commitment by Sarah McCarthy-Fry MP to fulfill the Autism Bill’s original demands for better support for children via new regulations for Children and Young People’s Plans. In an important win for the wider disabled community these would legally require local authorities to collate and share data and information on children with disabilities with other agencies, which could see a huge sea change in disabled children’s services and ensure they get the support they need to fulfill their potential in adulthood.

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The National Autistic Society (opens new window)

Autism Bill debated in Parliment

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Autism was debated for four hours in Parliament on 27 February 2009, with a full examination of the Government’s recent commitment to improving the lives of both children and adults with autism in England. This parliamentary time and support for autism from over 100 MPs is unprecedented.

Watch the debate at:
www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/VideoPlayer.aspx?meetingId=3452