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

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    Department of Health
  • Published date:
    3 March 2010
  • Gateway reference:
    13521, 14307
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The first autism strategy for England will kick-start fundamental change in public services helping adults with autism to live independent lives and find work.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability and although some people can live relatively independently, others will have high dependency needs requiring a lifetime of specialist care.  There are approximately 400,000 adults with ASC in England, around half of whom have a learning disability.

Published on 3 March 2010, the strategy sets a clear framework for all mainstream services across the public sector to work together for adults with autism.

Actions in the autism strategy include a new National Autism Programme Board to lead change in public services set out in the strategy; a programme to develop training with health and social care professional bodies (backed by a £500,000 investment); autism awareness training for all Job Centre Disability Employment Advisers; guidance on making public services accessible for adults with autism, like improving buildings, public transport and communication; and a clear, consistent pathway for diagnosis.

The Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) has produced an "At a glance" briefing to support 'Fulfilling and rewarding lives'. The briefing examines the personalisation agenda for people with autism, highlighting what personalisation means for this group and advice for professionals, families,carers and, employers.

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