There’s still time to have your say on Autism

People from across Somerset are being encouraged to have their say on a draft Autism Strategy before 12 October.

The Somerset Autism Strategy has been drafted to help plan ahead for how support for people with autism and their parents and carers will be delivered in the future.

The consultation is particularly aimed towards people who have autism, those who care for someone with autism or people who work to support someone with autism.

It covers increasing awareness of autism, training and development, improving access to services and ways to improve how agencies work with people with autism and their carers.

The views collected will ensure that the Autism Strategy reflects the needs of people with autism and the people who support them.

Cllr William Wallace, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “We are committed to providing high quality services for people with autism and we are working closely with our partners to improve how those services are delivered in the future.”

“It is essential that the people who need this service are given the chance to help shape our priorities. I would therefore encourage anyone affected by autism to fill in the survey before the closing date.”

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.

The consultation can be completed online at http://www.somerset.gov.uk/autismstrategy where the Strategy can also be viewed.

If you would prefer a paper copy of the strategy and consultation questions please contact Gemma Pickford-Waugh on 01823 355234 or gpickfordwaugh@somerset.gov.uk.

Alternatively text “SEND AUTISM STRATEGY to [your name, address, postcode]” to 07798572406.