Autism act 2009

Chapter 15

An Act to make provision about meeting the needs of adults with autistic spectrum conditions; and for connected purposes.     [12th November 2009]

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1. Autism strategy

(1) The Secretary of State must prepare and publish a document setting out a strategy for meeting the needs of adults in England with autistic spectrum conditions by improving the provision of relevant services to such adults by local authorities, NHS bodies and NHS foundation trusts.

(2) That document is referred to in this Act as “the autism strategy”.

2. Guidance by the Secretary of State

(1) For the purpose of securing the implementation of the autism strategy, the Secretary of State must issue guidance—
(a) to local authorities about the exercise of their social services functions within the meaning of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970 (c. 42) (see section 1A of that Act), and
(b) to NHS bodies and NHS foundation trusts about the exercise of their functions concerned with the provision of relevant services


Above are extracts from the Autism act document, which is printed in the UK by Her Majesty’s stationery office.

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