The National Strategy For Autistic People

19.01.2022

When it comes to developing strategies to help people with autism, there are numerous governmental and social bodies working to ensure that people with autism are given the opportunities they deserve. 

One of these bodies is the United Kingdom’s Department for Health and Social Care. In 2021, they created the National Strategy for Autistic Children, which aimed to ensure that people with autism receive the help they need to lead fulfilling lives.

One of the largest of its kind, this strategy outlined the challenges that can come with gaining a diagnosis of autism, and of living a fulfilled life once this diagnosis has been achieved.

Now in its second year, we can start to take a look at the real-world implications of the work planned out within this document, and we, just like so many others, are certainly excited to see what this brings!

What Does The National Strategy For Autistic People Encompass?

At its core, this strategy outlines country-wide plans to improve services and support for people with autism. To do this, financial and educational investment has been promised to improve the diagnosis waiting times and to assist Local Authorities in helping those with autism succeed. 

Everyone who has been through the autism diagnosis process understands just how frustrating the process of diagnosis can be. The waiting lists are extensive, and the process of gaining a final diagnosis can be challenging. So, funding focused on finding new ways to speed up the diagnostic process will certainly be a great help.

There are some major differences between this strategy and ones published before it. It is the first to encompass children within its plans, a big move to ensure that people of all ages are catered for when it comes to governmental strategies.

In doing this, we have all been able to move one step closer to understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder, and to helping those diagnosed with it to access the facilities that are right for them.

Why Are National Strategies Important?

While organisations such as Bright Futures are working to ensure that autistic children and others with complex needs are provided with the care and support they need, it is vital that some governmental oversight be enacted. 

When national strategies are outlined, it requires that all organisations be working towards a common goal. In doing this, we can ensure that young people are protected and supported in their journeys towards success and independence. 

To find out more about this strategy as well as others of its kind, feel free to get in touch with our friendly team.