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University of Strathclyde, Glasgow – Monday 16th January 2017

Good Autism Practice

Individualised, Targeted, Positive Outcomes

Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow



The Scottish Strategy for Autism Fifth Annual Conference focused on the progress of the national and local authority autism strategies and the examples of good autism practice employed in their implementation.



Delegates were welcomed and the day was introduced by Professor Jean MacLellan, OBE, Chair of Scottish Strategy for Autism Governance Group, and Donald Macleod, Project Manager, Autism Network Scotland. Jean and Donald then offered an update on the obstacles and opportunities of local strategy implementation.

Outcomes: What’s happening locally?



Gordon Murray of Argyll & Bute Council updated the Conference on the local autism strategy in Argyll & Bute.



Kara Christine of Artlink and Midlothian Council also offered a update on the Midlothian area.



Ramon Hutchingson offered an update on the implementation of the local autism strategy in South Lanarkshire.



Pathways: Why do they matter? Children and Early Intervention

Nick Balchin, Principal Educational Psychologist, Falkirk Council, and Jessica Street, Consultant Paediatrician, NHS Forth Valley, presented on the rising rates of autism diagnosis and how services are responding.



Principles: Good Transitions

James Fletcher, Director, Association for Real Change Scotland and Chair of Strategy Working Group 2, along with Scott Richardson-Read, Development Officer, ARC Scotland, and Lynsey Stewart, Network Advisor at Autism Network Scotland together launched the Principles of Good Transitions 3 and its Autism Supplement.



Education: Training the diagnosticians to build capacity and capability in the workforce. 

Dr Janine Robinson, Educational Project Manager (Autism), NHS Education for Scotland and Dr Gail Milroy, Educational Project Manager (Autism) at NHS Education for Scotland, discussed their work training autism diagnosticians.



Women and Girls: Diagnosis and Life

NHS Highland; Dr Catriona Stewart, Autism Advisor, Scottish Autism; Charlene Tait, Director of Autism Practice and Research, Scottish Autism


A Shared Future

Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health, the Scottish Government, paid tribute to the speakers, organisers, and examples of good autism practice showcased during the event in her keynote address to the Conference.



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