Building on our successes with I Exist, in late 2008 Cheryl Gillan MP agreed to take forward a private member's Bill on autism in Parliament. A range of organisations worked in partnership to support the bill. Find out about our partners here.

Thanks to a huge campaigner effort and cross-party support in Parliament, in November 2009 the Bill received Royal Assent and became the Autism Act 2009.

The Act made two key provisions:

  • that the Government produce an adult autism strategy by 1 April 2010
  • that the Secretary of State for Health issue statutory guidance for local authorities and local health bodies on supporting the needs of adults with autism by 31 December 2010.

Statutory guidance is guidance that local authorities and local health bodies have a legal obligation to follow.