We need to ensure autistic children and adults in Wales get the support and care they need. We need to Act Now. We need an Autism Act for the people of Wales.

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Campaign update

The National Assembly has voted to support the Autism Bill.

Our Act Now campaign has reached a significant milestone: the National Assembly for Wales has voted in favour of autism legislation.

The Bill is being taken forward by Assembly Member Paul Davies. It was debated on the 15 June in the Assembly. Assembly Members (AMs) agreed with us and the calls of our Act Now campaign, that specific autism legislation is needed to better support autistic people and their families in Wales.

If enacted, the Bill could include:

  • a duty on every local area in Wales to have a pathway to diagnosis of autism
  • duties on local authorities and health boards about the way they organise local services and support for autistic people and their families in Wales
  • a requirement on key staff working with people with autism to receive autism training
  • duties around ensuring that local authorities and health boards publish information on the services they provide for people with autism in their areas
  • a duty on Welsh Government to regularly review progress.

Read more here

Why an Autism Act?

In 2008, the Welsh Government developed the first ever autism strategy among the UK nations, signalling that it was a clear policy priority for Wales.

While this was a very welcome step, in recent years this positive momentum has faltered. There are now many cases all over Wales where the strategy is simply not working for autistic people and their families, leaving them with little or no support and unable to live the life they choose.  

You – our branches, members and supporters – have contacted us with your concerns and told us that you no longer feel autism is important for Government.

The lack of services in the adult sector is a huge concern – the difference once my son left school was marked. I worry a lot about the future.

Read more about what matters to you in our Act Now: An Autism Act for Wales report.

It is time to ensure that we have an Autism Act for Wales so that the rights of autistic people across the country are protected and promoted.

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