Our supporters meeting about an Autism Bill for WalesNew duties on public services in Wales to improve the lives of autistic people in Wales a step closer

A draft Autism Bill has been published in the National Assembly for Wales, marking a significant step forward in our charity’s Your Act campaign.

Paul Davies AM has introduced his backbench member’s Bill following two recent public consultations asking for the views and ideas of autistic people, their families, professionals and other organisations throughout Wales. Thank you to all of you who have given your views on what should be in the Bill.

The National Autistic Society Cymru has been working closely with our members and supporters to help Paul draft a Bill that will best meet the needs of autistic people and their families.

Among other things, the draft Bill seeks to ensure:

  • the Welsh Government publish and regularly evaluate their autism strategy for improving services for autistic people across the country
  • autism diagnosis assessments are carried out in a timely manner
  • the right data is collected so autism services can be better planned and improved
  • professionals, such as teachers and GPs, receive appropriate autism training.

Read the draft Autism Bill 

The Bill was formally introduced to the National Assembly for Wales on 18 July 2018.

Watch the debate  

A committee of Assembly Members will now look at the Bill in detail, ask people for their views on it and develop a report of recommendations, setting out any changes that might need to be made to the draft. After that report, all Assembly Members will have to vote in favour of the Bill for it to continue its next steps to become law.

We will keep you updated on how you can get involved in the next steps.  

Meleri Thomas, our charity’s External Affairs Manager, said: "Publication of a new draft Autism Bill for Wales brings improved public services and support for autistic people a step closer. 

"Far too many autistic people are being left behind, unable to receive the most basic services, like getting a diagnosis or the support that would help them manage household tasks or find work. This new Bill aims to tackle these challenges across the country, by setting out new legal duties for public services. 

"Alongside our members and supporters, we will be encouraging politicians over the coming months to support the Bill and ensure it becomes law."