Autistic people, their families and those caring for them are being asked by the government for their views on how care and support in England can be improved.
This call for evidence is part of the cross-Government review of the national autism strategy, which will be refreshed and launched later this year.
For the first time this strategy will be extended to cover children and adults, so services work better for autistic people of all ages.
Autistic people, their families and carers now have an opportunity to feed in their views on what is working and where more needs to be done to transform care and support, whether in school through support to access the curriculum, at hospital through timely diagnosis or within the community via respite care or through support to enter the workplace.
Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage said: “Autistic people must be at the heart of any improvements we make to their care and support. This is an opportunity to make a real difference to hundreds of thousands of lives. We want services from healthcare to education to work better for autistic people of all ages – it’s no coincidence that learning disability and autism are one of the clinical priorities in the NHS Long Term Plan.
“Please get involved and share your views so we can work harder than ever to improve care and support for autistic people, their families and carers.”
As well as the opportunity to give views online there will be face to face sessions with groups of autistic people. Autistic people, family members, carers and professionals can all take part in the online survey.
Image: Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage.