A new strategy addressing the needs of adults with Autism in the city of Birmingham is to be launched on World Autism Awareness Day – 2 April 2013.
The strategy has been developed following the Autism Act of 2009 and the National Strategy 'Rewarding and Fulfilling Lives’ which were brought in by the Government in response to an identified gap in provision for adults. This strategy has been supported by a Birmingham-wide Joint Strategic Needs Assessment completed in 2012.
This Strategy sets out the vision for supporting the 10-20,000 adults with Autism in the city, clearly defining that adults with Autism, whatever their age, should have the same opportunities as anyone else to live “rewarding and fulfilling lives”.
Developed in partnership with Adults with Autism, Parents, Voluntary Organisations, Charities, West Midlands Police, NHS, Autism West Midlands and the Local Authority, the strategy has a clear aim to improve the lives of those living with autism, and to deliver on six key areas :
- Raising awareness & improving training for professionals
- Improving diagnosis through implementing clearer pathways
- Improving opportunities for employment and education
- Improving access to services
- Improving transitions from childhood
- Improving interactions with the Criminal Justice System
Councillor Steve Bedser, Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing comments: “This strategy represents a major step forward in terms of support and care for people across the city living with Autism.
"We've worked very closely with partners to develop the strategy and I'm confident we now have a framework to support the thousands of adults with Autism in Birmingham."
Dr Ashok Roy, Chair Birmingham Partnership Autism Board comments: “Autism affects between 10-20,000 people in Birmingham, and this strategy is needed to ensure that we are supporting adults and their families living with the issues surrounding autism. This is the first step towards delivering a comprehensive strategy where all partners can work together to achieve greater support and care for those living with Autism.”
The Birmingham Autism strategy is now out for consultation and we are keen for people to get involved and have their say. All documents relating to the strategy are available on be heard: -https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/