Review of the National Autism Strategy 'Think Autism': call for evidence

March 21, 2019

From the Department of Health and Social Care
In April 2014 the government published ‘Think Autism’ a strategy for meeting the needs of autistic adults in England. The strategy supports the Autism Act 2009.
This year the Department of Health and Social Care, working with the Department for Education, will review the strategy and will extend it to cover children as well as adults. To help us to do this we want to hear first-hand from autistic people (adults, children and young people), their families and their carers about their experiences.
We are using the term ‘autism’ to refer to all categories of diagnoses on the autistic spectrum and welcome responses from people who identify with them, whether or not they have a medical diagnosis.
We also want to hear from professionals who provide care and support in a range of settings (for example across health, social care, education and the voluntary sector) to autistic people, their families, and carers. We have therefore developed 2 surveys:

  • a survey for any autistic person in England who has a diagnosis of autism or self identifies as autistic
  • a survey for families of autistic people, unpaid and paid carers in England, and any organisation in England that works with autistic people

The survey can be accessed online.

We will use your views to check where progress has been made to date and importantly to find out about those areas where more needs to be done in the future at both national and local level.

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