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.