Your views are needed as the county council and NHS work to improve services for people with autism in Lincolnshire.
Opinions are being invited on their draft strategy, which is now focussing on all ages, including the often tricky transition from children’s to adults’ services.
It is estimated that nearly 6,000 people in Lincolnshire have an autism spectrum disorder – 1,737 of whom are under 18 – a figure which is predicted to rise. By including family members, carers, friends, professionals in health, social care and education, and other members of the community, the numbers affected by autism are much greater.
Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive member for adult care, public health and children’s services at the county council, said: “We have an ambitious vision for Lincolnshire, which includes expanding on the national vision, to help people with autism fulfil their potential and lead fulfilling and rewarding lives. We want to build on our understanding of our communities and services to deliver the best possible experience for people living with autism.
“We recognise that transition into adult services is often a very difficult time for those with an autism spectrum disorder and it’s critical that improvements are made to enable a more seamless service so people feel sufficiently supported. With this is mind we took the decision to develop an all-age autism strategy and welcome as many people as possible to share their views on this.”
Further information, the strategy and the online feedback questionnaire – including an easy-read version – can be accessed at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/adultcarestrategies or by calling 01522 552801.
The consultation ends on December 19, 2014.