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Chain of events
The Autism act 2009 started a process of developing a strategy for autistic adults. The national strategy fed through to local autism strategies.
The series of events below takes up the story when the strategies were reviewed in 2019 and expanded to include children.
The diagram below takes up the story when the strategies were reviewed in 2019 and expanded to include children. To view a document click the box.
- The first thing the Autism act does is to order the production of a strategy document for autistic adults.
- The All party parliamentary group on autism reported in 2019. The government had committed to extend the adult autism strategy to include children and young people for the first time. Huw Merriman MP wrote that autistic children faced particular challenges that needed to be addressed by government, schools and local authorities and that government needed to create a strategy, similar to the one that already existed for adults, to close the gap in support for autistic children.
- In 2019 the Department for health & social care and the Department for education also launched a Call for evidence. The findings fed into their review and the development of the new national strategy in 2021.
- The National strategy 2021-26 is the government’s refreshed strategy for improving the lives of autistic people and their families and carers in England. It builds on and replaces previous adult strategies.
- Lincolnshire partnership board (LAPB) was formed in 2009 as a response to the 2009 Autism act and the national strategy to deliver the Lincolnshire strategy.
- Lincolnshire all-age autism strategy 2019-22 builds on the work that has already been done with the first autism strategy for the county, launched in 2015.
Here is a research briefing giving an overview of policy and services for autism.2023
The Lincolnshire partnership board (LAPB) has been developed to try and improve support for autistic people. Click icon for the county council’s introduction. It is responsible for delivering Lincolnshire all-age autism strategy. The aim of the strategy is to support autistic people of all ages and their families, so that they have an equal opportunity to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives.
Since January 2015 it has had four working groups made up of a range of people who are affected by autism. There is also an informal group for those with lived experience that gives people the
opportunity to get together and share experiences of living with autism and caring for people with autism.
See history. Click icon to browse their 2019-22 autism strategy.
They asked a wide range of people involved with autism and found their top priorities were;
- Getting a timely diagnosis and support throughout the process
- Everyday services make reasonable adjustments and staff are aware of autism
- Support through transitions and other major life changes
- Recognising an individual’s autism and adapting support for additional needs and challenging behaviour
- Making sure family/carers get the help and support they need
They launched a monthly newsletter Autism Lincs early 2017. See Issue 1. It lists their 5 working groups at the end. Click Past Issues at top left of screen to find older issues, or subscribe to new issues.