On 20 October, Worcestershire County Council will help to launch the countywide Autism Strategy.
The Autism Strategy has been developed by the Worcestershire Autism Strategy Partnership Group which is made up of adults with autism spectrum conditions, family carers, health and social care professionals and representatives of voluntary sector organisations in Worcestershire.
The Strategy is Worcestershire's response to the National Adult Autism Strategy, "Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives" and also takes into account the recently updated SEN regulations for children and young people.
The strategy was formally adopted by Worcestershire's Health and Well Being Board in May 2015 and this wider launch is an opportunity to hear about the development of various priorities in the strategy; and how far we have progressed and the plans moving forward to 2018.
Cllr Sheila Blagg, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care said: "It is tremendously important that as a society we offer every support possible to people living with Special Educational Needs, their family and their friends. I commend the efforts of our staff, as well as our partners in health and social care and in the voluntary sector, for their contribution to this Strategy, which will help thousands of people living with Autism in Worcestershire to enjoy the happy and fulfilling lives that they deserve."
Cllr John Smith, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Health and Well-being said: "The Autism Strategy that was adopted by the Health and Well-being Board last year is progressing well and providing fantastic support for adults and children with Autism. Addressing the impact Autism can have on the lives of individuals and their family and friends is vital in ensuring health and well-being throughout Worcestershire, and we're delighted to host this wider launch."