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.”
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:
- Fill in an online survey
- Email your ideas and comments
- Come to a community consultation event at Pop Brixton on 15 March. Email the Adult Social care team to find out more:
- 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.