Following the launch of the National Assembly for Wales’ consultation on Paul Davies AM’s proposed Autism (Wales) Bill, we launched our Your Act campaign, aiming to ensure that your voice was heard.

Your Act

The consultation closed on the 20 November but not before our members and supporters throughout Wales had their say on what should be included in an Autism Act.

As well as discussing the consultation at the Cross Party Autism Group in Bangor, at the North Wales Autism Conference and with our members and supporters on Facebook and Twitter, The National Autistic Society Cymru also hosted specific stakeholder events across Wales, along with Paul Davies, to hear what could be done to improve support and services.  

We met in Merthyr Tydfil with members from our local branch, together with the Chair of our Caerphilly branch. We met with Bridgend and District branch members in Cefn Cribwr and with our Blaenau Gwent branch in Blaina.

We also had a great meeting with a range of stakeholders in Wrexham, including representatives from our Wrexham branch, Your Space and The Autistic Women’s Empowerment Project.

Particularly helpful was input from autistic individuals supported by The National Autistic Society Cymru, providing views shaped by their own experiences of accessing services in Wales.

Our External Affairs Manager Meleri Thomas said:

"Our Your Act campaign provided a great opportunity for our members and supporters to help influence the future support for autistic people and their families in Wales. It was clear across the country that many gaps remain, particularly around diagnosis, training and access to services.

"Thank you to all those individuals and organisations who contributed to the consultation and to our Your Act campaign, which set out to ensure that Your Act works for you. It’s now crucial that your responses help to shape autism legislation that meets the needs of autistic people and their families in Wales."

Paul Davies AM will now consider the responses received and draft the Autism (Wales) Bill, expected to be published for further consultation in the New Year.