Autism Strategy Priority 2: Support

What is the aim?

There will be a clear way (called a Pathway) for people to get advice, guidance, and support based on individual need.

Care and support will be given by staff that know what support they should give and why.

How will it happen?

A Diagnosis and Post-diagnostic support group will be set up to:

  • Develop a clear, consistent, step by step, pathway for people of all ages to get support if they think they have autism and when they know they have autism.
  • Make sure GPs know if someone has autism.
  • Make sure people get the right support at the right time including mental health support.
  • Develop a clear and consistent way of recording the data or information about autistic people, including waiting times and outcomes.
  • Get a clear understanding of the needs of autistic people who live in the local community.
  • Develop and agree a way of checking the standard of communication used for autistic people. This is called a Quality Assurance (QA for short) scheme. The QA scheme will check all types of communication including tailored communication methods and recognition of sensory, communication and environmental needs.

What should the result be?

Access to support is much easier for people when they think or know that they or someone they know has autism, in particular for older adults, women and children.

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