The National Autism Strategy

In 2009 the government passed The Autism Act, committing them to publishing an adult autism strategy and improving services for adults with autism.

This led to the first ever adult autism strategy, Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives, published on 3 March 2010.

The strategy sets out actions and recommendations for central government as well as for local authorities, the NHS, Jobcentre Plus, and other agencies working with people with autism.

It identifies five key areas:

  • Increasing awareness and understanding of autism
  • Developing a clear and consistent pathway for diagnosis
  • Improving access to the support people need to live independently
  • Supporting people to gain and sustain employment
  • Help local organisations work together for the benefit of people with autism

The Trafford Autism Partnership Board oversees the delivery of this strategy in Trafford.

In March 2014 the government published an update on the Autism Strategy entitled "Think Autism". This updated the 2010 document and set new goals for the future.

Both Think Autism and Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives are available to download.

NICE Quality Standards on Autism

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recently published its quality standards on autism. These standards cover diagnosis and post diagnosis support for adults and children and are available online.

Autism Statutory Guidance 2014

The statutory guidance was published in 2014 to advise on which aspects of the autism strategy are enshrined in law and must be implemented by local authorities and health bodies.

A copy of the Statutory guidance can be downloaded at Autism guidance.pdf