Have your say on Warrington’s autism strategy

WBC logo Published: Tuesday, 13th November 2018

Warrington people are being asked to share their views on the Council’s plans to improve the support available for children and adults with autism.

The Council has launched a new consultation over its Autism Strategy, a three-year plan looking at how organisations can work together to improve the ways in which people with autism are identified and assessed.

The strategy aims to improve the quality of services for all people with autism, at every stage of their lives, and Warrington residents are being asked to have their say on five, key priorities:

•    Support by professionals who understand Autism
•    Being identified at the earliest opportunity
•    Getting the best from school and college
•    Being prepared for adulthood
•    Living as independently as possible

Warrington Borough Council’s executive board member for children’s services, Cllr Jean Carter, said: “Autism is a condition that can have a great impact on children and their families. Often there are difficulties in early childhood, and taking part in everyday family and school life can be harder for children and young people with Autism than for their peers. 

“We would welcome your views on this strategy, which will support the council and its partners to work together and make a difference, so that children with Autism can achieve their full potential.”

Executive board member for statutory health and adult social care, Cllr Pat Wright, added:   “Autism is sometimes described as a ‘hidden disability’, not only because it has no physical signs, but also because people with Autism are some of the most excluded and least visible people in our society. 

“The main aim of this Strategy is to help all organisations to develop a lifelong support approach, so that people with autism have the help and support they need, when they need it. Have your say, and help us get it right.”

You can read Warrington’s draft Autism Strategy and take part in the survey at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/autism/. The closing date is Wednesday 28 November 2018.

If you require an easy-read version please contact Kellie Williams on 01925 442878 or email kwilliams@warrington.gov.uk