The Bury Adult Autism Strategy 2013-16 has been developed by Bury Adult Care Services in conjunction with NHS Bury and the Autism Services Development Group. This Group includes members from Adult Care Services, Education, Communication Difficulties staff, Psychology, CAHMS, Additional Needs Team, Youth Services, and Children’s Services, Carer representatives, health colleagues and the National Autistic Society.
Who is the strategy for?
Bury Adult Autism Strategy sets out the vision for adults with autism who live in Bury. This includes those with High Functioning Autism (Aspergers Syndrome) and those who have a dual diagnosis which includes an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Aims of the strategy
The Bury Adult Autism Strategy focuses on five core areas of activity as outlined in the National Strategy:
- Increasing awareness and understanding of autism among frontline professionals.
- Developing a clear, consistent pathway for diagnosis in every area, which is followed by the offer of a personalised needs assessment.
- Improving access to the services and support which adults with autism need to live independently within the community.
- Helping adults with autism into work.
- Enabling local partners to plan and develop appropriate services for adults with autism to meet identified needs and priorities.
In short, the aims of the strategy are to:
- Ensure that people have a better understanding of autism. This includes everyone from frontline staff, Job Centre Plus, receptionists, GPs and social workers.
- Develop a local diagnosis pathway for adults with autism including post diagnostic support, sibling screening and reassessments
- Develop new opportunities for social activity by working with partners
- Ensure information is timely, accessible and relevant
- Develop better access to universal services
- Dispel negative perceptions of services and of autism
- Develop more opportunities for employment, education and volunteering
- Develop robust data collection systems