Autism strategy

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Chalk drawing of a head with autism written inside the brain'Fulfilling and rewarding lives: The strategy for adults with autism in England'

In March 2010, the first ever strategy for improving the lives of adults with autism in England was published. This is called 'Fulfilling and rewarding lives: The strategy for adults with autism in England'. The strategy sets out key actions and recommendations for central government as well as for local authorities, the NHS and Jobcentre Plus. There are five key themes in the strategy that the government has decided are the most important:

  • Making sure that more people understand about autism
  • Making it easier for adults to get a diagnosis of autism. A diagnosis is when a doctor tells someone that they have autism
  • Making it easier for adults with autism to choose how they live, and get the help that they need to do this
  • Helping adults with autism to find jobs
  • Helping local councils and health services to write plans so that the adults with autism who live in their area get the help they need.

Find out more details about the strategy here.

‘Think Autism: fulfilling and rewarding lives, the strategy for adults with autism in England: an update’

In 2014, the government published an update to the autism strategy called Think Autism. In addition to the existing duties of the 2010 strategy, there are three new key developments:

  • To develop autism aware communities
  • To fund local innovative projects through the Autism Innovation Fund
  • To improve data collection and offer more joined up information and advice

Think Autism identifies 15 key priorities follow their review of how well the 2010 Autism Strategy has been implemented. Find out more details about the strategy here or access the easy read version here.

Wiltshire Autism Strategy

The Wiltshire Autism Strategy is under review  

The Wiltshire Autism Partnership

To help Wiltshire plan how they are going to make these key priorities happen, a 'Wiltshire Autism Partnership' has been set up which includes:

  • Adults with autism
  • Parents /Grandparents
  • Council commissioning lead – learning disabilities/autism
  • Children and families commissioner
  • Head of service
  • National Autistic Society representative
  • Representatives from the criminal justice system
  • A representative from Wiltshire Parents Carers Council
  • Adult Autism Diagnostic providers
  • Public Health representative

Adults with autism meet regularly as an Autism Forum. They discuss priorities and comment on the work of the Autism Partnership. They feed their views directly in to the Board meeting. The dates for the Autism Forum 2017/18 are:

Wednesday 24th January 2018 - Southgate House, Devizes.

The forums start at 11:30am with tea or coffee and introductions.  Everyone has the opportunity to say anything they want about their experience of living with autism in Wiltshire. This information is then fed into the meeting with other organisations after lunch.  

  • 12:30pm Lunch. You can stay for this or you can go home. Lunch is free.
  • 1:15pm – Members of the Strategy Board arrive for coffee.
  • 1:30pm – We give our views directly to the Autism Board. If you wish to stay and give your views, you are very welcome. If not, Louise and Jen can give your views instead.
  • 2pm – Finish

The meetings are every three months.  

If you have difficulties on the day, please ring Louise on 07766-02423

To book a place at the Forum, or for more information, please contact Louise Rendle, or telephone 01380 871800.

To support its work, the Wiltshire Autism Partnership has put together a directory of the groups that currently exist in Wiltshire, including National Autistic Society groups, therapeutic groups and parent organisations. Most of these groups are agreed on the Wiltshire Autism Partnership's autism strategy.

For more information contact us on or telephone 0300 456 0111