East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), working in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council is looking at ways to improve the lives of adults with autism in the East Riding.
A new draft Adults with Autism Strategy identifies a number of key areas for development. These include:
- enhancing services available in the East Riding
- ensuring parents and carers have better support and respite from their caring role
- supporting people with autism to have good physical and mental health and wellbeing
- encouraging communities and the public to develop an awareness and acceptance of autism
Service users, organisations and the public can share their views about the priorities in the strategy and offer any additional thoughts that will help to improve the lives of adults with autism.
Dr Anne Jeffreys, Clinical Lead for Mental Health explained, “We want all adults with autism in the East Riding to enjoy a healthy and happy independent life. If we are to achieve this ambition, we must start by increasing understanding and awareness of the needs of people with autism and ensure they feel safe in their community, free from discrimination, hate crime and abuse.
“From improving access to autism diagnosis services; to identifying and empathising with the behaviours of people with autism; all of us have a part to play in improving the lives of adults with autism.
“We are keen to see what people think of our plans and share their views on what else we can do to help improve the quality of care, life experience and independence of adults with autism in the East Riding.”
Dr Tim Allison, director of public health at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Improving the health and wellbeing of people with autism is something that is important for all of us, including within health and social care services.
“We should look to identify and meet needs so that those people in the East Riding with autism can live fulfilling and rewarding lives as engaged members of the community.”