The National Autism Strategy, first established in 2010 following the introduction of the Autism Act, is currently being reviewed by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Education. The Strategy, entitled ‘Think Autism’, will be refreshed and launched later this year, and will be extended to cover children as well as adults so that services work better for autistic people of all ages.
There is now a national call for evidence on autism in order to review the Strategy so that the Government can identify what is working and what more needs to be done to improve the lives of autistic people, including what the key priorities should be for the future.
“During my time at the Department of Health as Minister for Community and Social Care, I was closely involved in ensuring that people with autism spectrum disorder lead fulfilling and rewarding lives and I recognise that it is vitally important that they are given the additional support they deserve to achieve this.
I welcome, therefore, this latest review of the National Autism Strategy and encourage everyone with experience of autism to take part in the consultation and share their experiences of care and support.
The Government has made significant steps to improve services and support for people with autism but there is much more work still to be done. By contributing to the call for evidence, constituents can help to shape future policy. It can be found online by searching for ‘Think Autism’ on the gov.uk website”.
In addition to the call for evidence, which ends on 16 May, the Government will be working with organisations around the country, gathering their views and holding face-to-face meetings.