Below on this Resources page you will find a selection of key documents which are most commonly requested. All are downloadable in PDF format. If you require a hard copy of these documents please contact autism.network@strath.ac.uk or call 0141 444 8146.

Health and Social Care Integration

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) formed in 2006 to amplify the voices of people who use health and social care services by bringing them, and their representative organisations, together to contribute collectively to Scottish public policy and services.

The need for integrated health and social care has been a key issue since the inception of the ALLIANCE and continues to be cited as one of the main barrriers to people being able to enjoy their right to good health and independent living.

This short paper seeks to contribute to a vision of a different landscape of health and social care. It forms part of the ALLIANCE’s ongoing work on integration, and public service reform moe widely.

View the document in full here.


 

Summary Guide to Employment Policy, Structures and Initiatives in Scotland

This Guide has been drafted by Autism Initiatives (Kirsty Butts, Scottish Government Secondee and Richard Ibbotson, National Director for Scotland) in consultation with and on behalf of the Scottish Government’s Autism Reference Group – Subgroup 4 ‘Wider Opportunities and Access to Work’. It aims to provide an overview of UK and Scottish policies, strategies, structures and initiatives which have an impact on supporting people with autism to move towards, find and sustain employment.

Summary Guide to Employment Structures and Initiatives in Scotland


 

Autism Research-Policy-Practice Hub

As many as 1 in 100 children have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Beyond the suffering for the individual and family, the lifetime economic cost of this condition is estimated to be £3-4 million per individual in the UK. Although research has advanced our knowledge on evidence based practice in areas of early identification, diagnosis and intervention, much of this knowledge is not reaching policy and practice. Likewise some key issues affecting individuals with autism that are being articulated by third-sector organisations and government agencies are not impacting on research.

The aim of this knowledge exchange project is to create a unique Autism Research-Policy-Practice Hub that will reach across research, policy and practice communities to enable the co-production of knowledge of autism. The goal of this initiative is to facilitate advances in health and wellbeing by providing insight into public policy and practice agendas and increasing access to knowledge on evidence-based approaches to autism. This Research-Policy-Practice initiative builds on a unique foundation of policy and research partnership made possible by the Wales Government’s autism strategy, the first government strategy for autism in the world. It will provide the first national research-policy-practice model of its kind, and a model for the UK and internationally, both within the field of autism and beyond.


 

Counselling Directory

 

Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help.

The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events.

To ensure the professionalism of the website, all counsellors have qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.