Improving the Lives of People with Autism

Improving the Lives of People with Autism : A new draft strategy to improve the lives of people with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome and their families has been launched by Central Bedfordshire Council and NHS Bedfordshire.

Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives in Central Bedfordshire, has been developed by the Bedfordshire Autism Partnership Group, a steering group made of people with Autism, family carers, and representatives from the Central Bedfordshire Council, NHS Bedfordshire and South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT).

The draft strategy sets out the priorities for supporting people living with Autism in Bedfordshire, which include: increasing understanding and awareness of Autism both amongst frontline staff and across the wider community; developing local services to meet the needs of people with autism and helping people with Autism find employment.

Cllr Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Social Care, Health and Housing, said:

“It is great that people with Autism, their families and carers have played a key role in developing the new strategy. If it is going to be successful we need to know what matters to them, so that we can begin to work together to improve their lives.

Central Bedfordshire Council are now asking for comments on the draft strategy so we can make sure we include all the things which are important to people with Autism who live in Central Bedfordshire. We would like to hear from as many people as possible.”

The draft strategy is available to view online at http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/consultations, and you can have your say by completing an online form by 10 August 2012.

For more information about this consultation, please contact Linda Ireland on 0300 3006475 or email Linda.ireland@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.