The first ever strategy for adults with autism in England was published in 2010 with a commitment to review this strategy three years later.
Last year, the Government asked for feedback from adults with autism, parents, carers and professionals about how well the 2010 strategy had been implemented so far.
The new strategy - Think Autism - was published in April 2014. This updated strategy states that all of the existing recommendations and duties from the 2010 strategy still apply to local authorities and NHS bodies.
The existing duties and recommendations from the 2010 strategy are:
- improved training of frontline professionals in autism
- the recommendation to develop local autism teams
- actions for better planning and commissioning of services, including involving people with autism and their parents/carers
- actions for improving access to diagnosis and post-diagnostic support
- leadership structures at national, regional and local levels for delivery
- proposals for reviewing the strategy to make sure that it is working.
Read our guide on what Think Autism means for you.