Have your say on a new NHS and Lambeth All-Age Autism Strategy

3 March 2023

Written by: Lambeth Council

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Let Lambeth and the NHS know what to include in an action plan for caring for autistic people via survey, email or meeting.

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Have your say on a new NHS and Lambeth All-Age Autism Strategy

The views and experiences of autistic children and adults, carers and experts will help build a new All Age Autism Strategy from 2023-26.

Lambeth and SE London NHS are running a live consultation about autism to help shape new, long-term plans for supporting autistic people of all ages in Lambeth. Lambeth’s vision is to ensure people of all ages on the autism spectrum are valued and included in their communities. This inclusion will include access to early intervention and education services, as well as employment and housing opportunities tailored to the unique needs of individuals on the spectrum. The consultation ends 31 March.

Word from the Cabinet 

Cllr Marcia Cameron and Jim Dickson, Lambeth Cabinet Members for Healthier Communities, said: “It’s vital we work in partnership with local people to develop a clear understanding of what matters to them. Hearing the voices of autistic people and those who care for and support them will mean we can make sure our plans are right for autistic people of all ages.”

Key areas

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We want the views of people with autism, carers and experts to shape Lambeth’s long-term autism strategy

The consultation includes six key areas in the National Autism Strategy, adding an important local area of focus, based on Lambeth’s local data and insights – improving understanding of the roles of parents or carers and how best to work with them. We want to hear from people who self-identify as autistic as well as those with a formal diagnosis and those who receive support for their needs, to ensure we understand the full range of experience of autistic people in Lambeth.

Have your say

Have your say on Lambeth’s All Age Autism Strategy online and at local events:

Next steps

  • In April and May Lambeth will use everything people have said at meetings, in emails and in the online survey to produce Draft Autism Strategy.
  • We’ll consult on the Draft Strategy in spring and early summer before approval, beginning to develop an action plan, and publishing the strategy and action plan will be published in September 2023 on Lambeth Council’s website lambeth.gov.uk
  • The strategy will improve diagnosis and assessment; increase the availability of support; improve training for professionals; and raise awareness about autism.