The National Autistic Society has today published a report on the Autism Act, in partnership with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA). The report marks the 10th anniversary of the Act, and was completed following consultations with a wide range of individuals and groups including the National Police Autism Association.
The report shows that 71% of autistic adults in England aren’t getting the basic care and support they need. This could mean up to 327,000 autistic adults don’t get the help to do basic activities such as washing, cooking or going out of the house. The NAS believes that this is having devastating consequences: widespread isolation, mental health problems and people falling into crisis.
In order to address this, the report calls on the Government to:
- Introduce specialist autism support in every council in England
- Immediately invest in social care services and secure long term sustainable funding
- Honour its commitment to launch a fully-funded campaign to improve public understanding of autism.
The full list of recommendations can be read in the report – click on the image to download the PDF.
On the back of the report findings, the NAS is launching its Not Enough campaign, which echoes these calls for better support and services for autistic people in England.
The NPAA would like to extend our thanks to the APPGA and NAS for including us in the report consultation process.