Have your say on future Autism Services

People are invited to have their say on draft plans to help shape future autism services in Somerset.

Somerset is committed to improving services for people with autism and the ‘Somerset Autism Strategy’ outlines how those services will be delivered and improved in future.

It covers increasing awareness of autism, training and development, improving access to services and ways to improve how Somerset County Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Somerset Partnership work with people with autism and their carers.

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr William Wallace, said: “We are committed to the continuous improvement of services for people with autism and we are working closely with our partners to make sure we have robust plans in place outlining how they are delivered and improved in the future.

“It is vital that the people who use these services give us their views on what is important to them and advise us on what our priorities should be.

“I would like to encourage people affected by autism to complete our survey between 12 June and 12 October so their opinions are fully represented.”

Results from the consultation, along with feedback from service users and other interested parties, will help to finalise the strategy which will be published in spring 2015.

The Somerset Autism Planning Group, responsible for producing the plans is led by Somerset County Council and partner agencies from the NHS, Social Care, Health, The National Autistic Society and people affected by autism.

For more information, including the on-line survey, please visit: www.somerset.gov.uk/autismstrategy. Paper versions are also available on request, please contact:

( 01823 355234

š gpickfordwaugh@somerset.gov.uk

œ“SEND AUTISM STRATEGY to [name, address, postcode]”
to 07798572406 and a copy will be posted to you.

If you belong to a group that supports people with autism or parents/carers that would like to meet with us as a group to discuss, please ask the group administrator to contact us as above.