Autism Network Scotland hosted The Autism Strategy: Listening to Community at Perth Subud Centre on May 20, 2015. This event was for people on the autism spectrum and their families and carers to learn about the work of the Scottish Strategy for Autism, and to discuss how they can engage with its work locally and nationally.
The start of the day saw presentations from people related to the Autism Strategy, hearing about:
- The background and progress of the Scottish Strategy for Autism
- How the National Autism Co-ordination Project is supporting Local Authorities to develop their local plans
- What Autism Network Scotland is doing to improve two-way communications around the Strategy
- NHS Education for Scotland’s Autism Training Framework and how it is being implemented across the country
- The importance of parent-professional partnerships, and working together using the building blocks already in place to lead to positive and sustainable outcomes
- Engagement: How do people on the autistic spectrum, parents and carers have an involvement in the delivery of the Scottish Strategy for Autism?
The afternoon’s interactive session was focused on the theme of Working Together.
Discussions centred on how people on the autism spectrum, families and carers can engage in the delivery of the Scottish Strategy for Autism. Workshop groups looked at how to ensure voices are heard, how communities can get involved and link together, and how to create a fair and fully representative process.
Following the meeting, the conference planning team of Kabie Brook, Michael Dawson, Thom Kirkwood and Idem Lewis presented the outcomes of the day and plans for the future at the June Governance Group meeting.
Feedback from the Governance Group was very positive. Maureen Bruce, Deputy Director, Care, Support and Rights Division, Scottish Government, noted the event was “a positive step”, and that she was pleased to hear that this approach to wider engagement is working. She said the Scottish Government wants to know if the Scottish Strategy for Autism is impacting communities, and if the autism community is feeling any change from this.
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