New national autism strategy launched in UK

3 Mar


1) Equality Impact Assessment

2) Fulfilling and rewarding lives – The full strategy

Its a fairly momentous day for autism in the UK. The gvmt has finally launched its national autism strategy and placed adults at the heart of it. The first step:

…the Department of Health is funding a study to explore rates of autism in a representative samples of adults in England and build on the small-scale study which began in 2008 to help identify a suitable way for improving the accuracy of estimating prevalence in the adult population.

I think this is a commendable first step. Accurately estimating prevalence is vital to any strategy. It should also be noted that the strategy is ensuring adults across the entire spectrum are included:

In addition, the Department of Health, as set out in Valuing People Now (2009), is committed to establishing a new three-year Public Health Observatory (PHO) in relation to people with learning disabilities. The work of this new PHO will include the collation of existing data on the prevalence of people with autism who also have a learning disability, what services they access, and the quality of those services.

The best place to get a grasp on the entire strategy is with the Executive Summary starting on page 6. The first point reads:

The Government’s vision is that ‘All adults with autism are able to live fulfilling and rewarding lives within a society that accepts and understands them. 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.

I tend to be skeptical of government strategies but I very much like how this one came about (autistic adults were included as part of the consultation) and the goals it sets out – i.e. recognising that autism is a lifelong thing and trying to set out how to make things better for adults with autism. I hope its successful.

3 Responses to “New national autism strategy launched in UK”

  1. Mike Stanton March 4, 2010 at 20:34 #

    According to Polly Tommey it was all her idea.

    • Kev March 4, 2010 at 20:57 #

      But of course [rolls eyes].

  2. Mike Stanton March 5, 2010 at 22:18 #

    She is spouting her nonsense claims on AoA. I blogged it.

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