The Autism Act 2009 and Fulfilling Lives Guidance for adults with autism in England (2010) requires Local Councils and Clinical Commissioning Groups, to have a Local Autism Strategy. The Solihull Strategy is for both children and adults and focuses on:
- Developing a clear and consistent diagnostic pathway for children, young people and adults.
- Increasing awareness and understanding of autism across all public and private sector services.
- Supporting people to feel valued and safe in their community.
- Improving Health outcomes.
- Supporting people into employment.
- Ensuring there are suitable schools in the borough
- Transition to adulthood
Improving access to services and support for people to live independently in the community
What we have done:
- Working with Clinical Commissioning Groups we have updated the guidance for GPs about how they refer adults for an autism diagnosis assessment.
- Arranged for Autism West Midlands to audit the access in the Chelmsley Wood and Solihull Libraries for people with autism, this includes developing virtual tours of each building.
- Provided autism awareness training for Library the Community Information and Advice Hub staff.
- Bought 20 Brain in Hand phone apps to support children, young people and adults.
- Held a consultation event in October 2015 about the Draft Autism Strategy.
What’s happening in 2016:
- We will be developing an Autism Partnership Board which will implement and monitor the Autism Strategy.
- Continue to monitor the Interim Autism Diagnostic Pathway to make sure that it works effectively.
- Submit the Draft Autism Strategy to the Health and Wellbeing Board for final sign off.
- Develop an action plan for the delivery of the Autism Strategy
- Update the autism pages on the MyLife Portal to provide improved content.