A strategy, to agree the support and services which could be available for people in Moray who have autism, is currently being developed.
The strategy, to cover all ages and abilities, will run from 2014-2024 and is likely to include such issues as the pathway for diagnosis, the provision of information, training and support for people with autism and their families, support to ensure people with autism are able to benefit from education and work opportunities and feel part of and able to live in their community.
To bring the strategy to life, the Moray Council are launching a competition for people with autism and their families, of any age, to write a poem or short story, draw a picture, take a photograph or use computer art under the heading ‘Autism and me’ or ‘Autism and my family’
The first prize will be a £50 voucher with a £10 voucher for any other entries used within the published strategy. Entries will also be part of a display in Elgin library later this year.
All entries should be sent to Anne Pendery, Room 213, Moray Council, High Street, Elgin, IV30 1BX or firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st August 2013, including the name, address and age of the person submitting the entry.
Consultation on the strategy is currently underway with a wide range of people interested in autism.
Anyone with an interest is invited to participate by completing a survey or by coming along to a consultation event.
The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. There are 3 to select from:
Teenagers with autism – www.surveymonkey.com/s/9LT5DWZ
Adults with autism, their families and carers- www.surveymonkey.com/s/VFKQCCV
Volunteers, professionals and support workers (inc community groups) – www.surveymonkey.com/s/WWHN97G
The first consultation event is aimed specifically at adults with autism and will be on the 27th August at 2pm in Elgin Library. The second and third, which are open to all people with autism, parents, carers and those who support people with autism will be on Tuesday 3rd September, 9.30am-11.30am at Holy Trinity Church Hall in Elgin and Tuesday 3rd September 7.30-9.30 pm, venue to be confirmed. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Anne Pendery on 01343 563400 or email@example.com
Sandy Riddell, Director of Education and Social Care said “It is so important that our future services are shaped by those who need our support. We are determined to get this right and I would therefore really encourage people to take part in this consultation and competition.”
This new strategy comes on the back of the current Autism Strategy 2011-14 which looks at the needs of adults with autism. This strategy has resulted in the development of the Autism Partnership Board, a planning and discussion group for adults with autism as their main difficulty, their families and professionals. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01343 567134 for details. The Partnership Board is currently developing a ‘One Stop Shop’ where people with autism will be able to find out about the condition and gain support.
The current strategy has also been the driver to the development of an Autism Awareness training course which is delivered by 4 trainers employed by the Moray Council, all of whom have autism. The training is available free of charge, to any organisation, big or small, who want to know more about the subject and can be booked through email@example.com or 01343 563850