On Wednesday 14th June, a vote on introducing an Autism Bill will be put to the National Assembly for Wales.

This follows our Act Now campaign, calling for autism legislation. The new Bill could expand upon the Welsh Government’s strategy for autism, including statutory guidance putting permanent, more consistent duties on social services.

It could also include measures to include autism training for key professionals and better diagnosis procedures.

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.

Kaley Thomas from BBC Wales investigates what difference this Bill would make for autistic people in Wales. You can listen to the report here.