We are pleased to support the launch of the new Statutory guidance for Local Authorities and NHS organisations to support implementation of the Adult Autism Strategy. We remain committed to promoting the recognition of and equality for adults with autism across the whole spectrum of needs, including those people with learning disabilities. In addition we welcome the inclusion of the Care Act and the Children and Families Act within the guidance and the clarity that this brings to the implications of these new duties and responsibilities for adults with autism, their families and young people as they transition to adult services. 

The Statutory Guidance re-enforces the requirement for good partnership working at a local level. It reinforces the requirements of NHS bodies and local councils to work together to plan and deliver appropriate local support, which includes education, training and health care. It also includes ensuring that those carrying out assessments have the necessary knowledge and expertise of autism. The statutory guidance also sets out the importance of including people living with autism planning of services so that they receive the right community support which meets their needs. 

We welcome the focus on working in partnership with people with autism and their carers within the guidance. It is vital that they are at the centre of all decisions concerning their care and the sorts of supports, whether informal or formal, that will best meet their needs.  

There has been a lot of progress since the initial statutory guidance in 2010 particularly in raising awareness of autism. However we turn attention to the person and how autism applies to the individual inclusive of individuals skills, taking into account gender, sexuality culture, age, disability and age to enable people with autism to have an independent fulfilling and rewarding life.

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