Consultation to help form autism strategy

A consultation has been launched to help shape future services for people with autism who do not have a learning disability.

The City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian recently held a series of meetings between people affected by autism and the professionals involved in their support. A draft plan was then developed which highlights what services and service improvements are needed for children and adults with autism.

Five priority areas were identified:

  • The development of a care pathway - getting the right services at the right time
  • Housing - better support on housing matters and the right kind of housing
  • Employment - increased support in finding and sustaining employment
  • Individual outcomes - improvements in people's quality of lifeBetter training / awareness of autism

Health and Social Care Convener, Councillor Ricky Henderson, said: “Edinburgh is fortunate to have some good services for people with autism but there is room for improvement, especially for those with autism who do not have a learning disability.

“It is vital that we provide the right level of support to those with autism and their carers. I look forward to seeing the results of this consultation, which will help us to get it right for people with autism throughout the city.”

The Towards an Edinburgh Autism Strategy Consultation is now live and will run until Friday 26 July 2013. Comments can be made by accessing the online questionnaire and a print version is also available on request.

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