The launch of the call for evidence for the review of the Autism Strategy

Today, 14 March, the Department of Health and Social Care, with the Department for Education, has launched a national call for evidence to inform our review of the Autism Strategy. The call for evidence is inviting views from autistic people, their families and carers as well as those of professionals. It is aimed at finding out what is working, where progress has been made and, importantly, where we need to push harder to transform the lives of autistic people, their families and carers.

The call for evidence can be accessed online at the following link https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/autism/2e4ae18d and is open for responses until 16 May 2019.

As well as the opportunity to give views online, we are working with organisations and networks, to organise face to face sessions with groups of autistic people, including children and young people.

We are keen to gather as many views as possible and would be very grateful if you could share the link via your websites, networks and social media.

 Thanks to everyone who has helped to inform this work.

 The Regional Stakeholder Network

The Regional Stakeholder Network will bring the views of disabled people, local disability organisations, and organisations that represent disabled people closer to government. Through its 9 groups across England it will create face to face forums and provide a channel for people to share their views about policies and services that affect them.

We are looking for Chairs to lead and drive the efforts of their group forward, and Members to share their views and experiences to help government make improvements. Further details and how to apply are on our website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/seeking-chairs-and-members-for-the-new-disability-regional-stakeholder-network

The 9 regional groups across England are:

·         North West

·         North East

·         Yorkshire and the Humber

·         West Midlands

·         East Midlands

·         South West

·         South East

·         East of England

·         Greater London

Link to tweet: https://twitter.com/ODIgovuk/status/1101423827580538880