The Autism Act was made law by the Government in 2009, as a response to the growing evidence that a significant proportion of adults with autism, across the spectrum, are both socially and economically disadvantaged.
A National Strategy, Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives was published by the Department of Health in March 2010. This was followed up with Implementing Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives (DH 2010)
This strategy sets out a number of key actions and recommendations for central Government as well as for local authorities and the NHS, focusing on five key areas:
Increasing awareness and understanding of autism
Developing a clear and consistent pathway for diagnosis
Improving access to the services and support people need to live independently within the community
Enabling local partners to develop relevant services to meet identified needs and priorities
A clear and trusted diagnostic pathway is now available locally
A local Strategy has been developed across Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and Leicester Partnership Trust, and links with a newly developed Diagnostic and Support Pathway across all four partners. It covers Children, Transitions and Adults services in both Learning Disabilities and Mental Health
Information for Users and Carers will be available in a range of accessible formats, including an overarching Pathway.
The full version of the Pathway document detailing all the options across Children, Transition and Adults will be available shortly.
The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Autism Strategy & Delivery Action plan is linked with Local Authority Commissioning intentions, GP Commissioning and NICE Guidance. This will also be available on line shortly.