Autism is a spectrum condition that affects people in different ways, and, like all people, autistic people have their own strengths and weaknesses. The National Autistic Society state “autism is a life-long developmental disability which affects how people communicate, interact with the world and experience their senses. One in 100 people are on the spectrum and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.
There are lots of names used to describe autism: Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), High Functioning Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Autism Spectrum and more. The definition of autism has changed over the decades and could change in the future as we understand more, however, in recent years the separate diagnoses of autism have been brought together under one diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
We need your views to shape how advice, information, services and support for autistic people is provided in Telford and Wrekin in the future. Our goal is to raise awareness of autism and work towards more autism-friendly communities in Telford and Wrekin.
We want autistic people to live in a borough where they are members of their communities, developing to their full potential. Together with our partner organisations, we are committed to improve the lives and opportunities for our borough’s young people and adults with autism, their families and carers.
We are working in partnership with Autism West Midlands to engage with people and develop a new strategy that will help shape future services for autistic adults and their families across Telford and Wrekin. The consultation takes place between 18 October and 10 December 2021.
Hilary McGlynn, operations manager at Autism West Midlands:
“We very much welcome the autism consultation launched together with Telford & Wrekin Council.
“It’s a great opportunity to hear directly from autistic residents, their families and carers across the borough about how we can continue to best support them to live healthy, active and independent lives.
“We are inviting people to have their say in helping us shape a strategy.”
Last updated: 25/01/2022 14:16