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Autism Spectrum Disorder Strategic Action Plan

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A new waiting time target, an improved diagnostic pathway and a better integrated service for adults and children with autism was announced today.
Rebecca Evans Minister for Social Services and Public Health
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We are committed to working to improve the lives of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

We understand the challenges people with autism and their families face every day, and that it is crucial support services are in place.

Wales was the first country in the UK to take a national approach to autism when it launched the ASD Strategic Action Plan in 2008.

We have made significant progress  since then and  have now updated the Plan using feedback from people with autism and their families and carers.

It will be supported by the new National Integrated Autism Service.  

The Plan outlines actions to:
  • introduce a 26-week waiting time target from referral to first appointment for children with autism
  • transform the education support for children with ASD
  • implement a national assessment pathway for children
  • improve employment opportunities for people with autism
  • support organisations to become Autism-friendly
  • raise awareness of information and resources.
This  service is backed by £6m over three years. It will see specialist teams in every region providing diagnosis, support in the community and advice and information.

An advisory group will monitor the Plan’s implementation and it will be independently evaluated.