Autism

Approximately one per cent of the population nationally has an autistic spectrum disorder. This means that there will an estimated 6,000 people in North Yorkshire with autism. Autism is a lifelong condition that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how a person makes sense of the world around them.
 

North Yorkshire County Council believes that people with autism and their families should be able to enjoy full, happy, healthy lives.
 

In 2015 we worked with autistic people, families, carers and social and healthcare professionals to create a five year plan for autism. This was called The Changing Landscape of Autism in North Yorkshire: North Yorkshire autism strategy 2015-2020. 
 

Since 2015 we have been working with the community and other professionals to implement the strategy across North Yorkshire.
 

As we reach the end of the five years, we have been thinking about the things we said we would do, how well we did and where we need to do better. We are also starting to think about the next five years and what our priorities need to be until 2025. 
 

Update on The Changing Landscape of Autism in North Yorkshire

We have written a report to remind people what we said we would do, summarise what we have done and outline any actions which we still need to look at.
 

We have written a summary for each theme of the current plan. These are available for download below:
 

  1. Support for people with autism and their families – download here
  2. Assessment and diagnosis – download here
  3. Raising awareness and training – download here
  4. Information and signposting – download here
  5. Employment and education – download here
  6. Supporting people with autism through key life changes – download here
  7. Working together – download here


A copy of the summaries for each theme will shortly be available to download in Easy Read.
 

What’s happening next?

From Tuesday 8 October – Friday 6 December 2019 we are talking to people about how we have done on this strategy and what we need to do next.
 

We want to hear from people on the autism spectrum, parents, carers, friends and family members of people on the autism spectrum, health and social care professionals, voluntary and community sector organisations and anyone else who with an interest in autism and supporting autistic people.
 

How can I get involved?

There are a number of different ways people can get involved.
 

  • Attend a local forum or drop-in session

We are running a series of forums for anyone who would like to come and talk about autism in North Yorkshire. Each forum will involve a short presentation and some group discussion about what to do next.

All forums will be autism friendly, with opportunities for people to drop-in before or after the group discussions if you’d prefer a quieter or more informal chat.

Town Date Venue Drop-ins

Group
discussions

Easingwold Wednesday 23 October Easi Works 13:00 - 13:30 and 15:00 - 15:30 13:30 - 15:00
Ripon Thursday 31 October Ripon Community House 10:00 - 10:45 and 12:45 - 13:15 11:00 - 12:30
Northallerton Thursday 7 November The Goosecroft Centre 9:15 - 10:00 and 11:30 - 12:00 10:00 - 11:30
Tadcaster Thursday 7 November The Barn 9:30 - 10:15 and 12:00 - 12:30 10:30 - 12:00
Malton Tuesday 12 November Friends Meeting House 9:30 - 10:15 and 12:00 - 12:30 10:30 - 12:00
Selby Tuesday 12 November Community House 9:30 - 10:15 and 12:00 - 12:30 10:30 - 12:00
Harrogate Thursday 14 November The Cuttings, Starbeck 12:00 - 13:30 10:15 - 11:45
Scarborough Thursday 14 November The Bowls Club 9:30 - 10:15 and 12:00 - 12:30 10:30 - 12:00
Catterick Tuesday 19 November Catterick Leisure Centre 9:30 - 10:15 and 12:00 - 12:30 10:30 - 12:00
Richmond Wednesday 20 November Richmond Cricket Club 9:30 - 10:15 and 12:00 - 12:30 10:30 - 12:00
Pickering Friday 22 November Pickering Memorial Hall 9:30 - 10:15 and 12:00 - 12:30 10:30 - 12:00
Skipton Tuesday 26 November Swadford Centre 9:30 - 10:15 and 12:00 - 12:30 10:30 - 12:00
Whitby Tuesday 26 November The Coliseum  9:30 - 10:15 and 12:00 - 12:30 10:30 - 12:00
Settle Wednesday 27 November Victoria Hall 9:30 - 10:15 and 12:00 - 12:30 10:30 - 12:00

 

If you would like to register your attendance at one of these sessions please let us know. You can also let us know if there is anything we can do to support you or the person you care for to attend.
 

  • Complete a survey

We have created a survey so people with autism, their friends and family, and professionals who work with autistic people can tell us how we did and what we need to think about in the next five years. We want to hear from people all across North Yorkshire to make sure people have a say in what happens next.

Please click here to complete the survey.

The survey is also available in Easy Read version available for download here.  Please read this leaflet before completing the Easy Read survey.

If you would like a copy of the survey in another format please contact autismmatters@northyorks.gov.uk or call us on 01609 535995.

 

  • Email us

If you have any feedback you would like to send us you can contact the team at autismmatters@northyorks.gov.uk. If you would prefer to speak to someone please call 01609 535995 and we will arrange a phone call to speak to you at a convenient time.
 

We will also be visiting a number of local groups and voluntary and community organisations throughout October and November. If you would like us to visit you please contact the team at autismmatters@northyorks.gov.uk or 01609 535995.

 

 

North Yorkshire has set out a strategy to improve the lives of adults and their carers living with autism.

North Yorkshire autism strategy 2015-2020

The North Yorkshire autism strategy 2015-2020 'The changing landscape of autism in North Yorkshire' describes the work that will take place to change support, guidance and information for people with autism and their families in North Yorkshire. You can download the strategy and related documents below:

North Yorkshire autism strategy 2015-2020
North Yorkshire autism strategy 2015-2020 (made simple)
North Yorkshire autism strategy 2015-2020 (policy framework)
North Yorkshire autism strategy 2015-2020 (easy read)
North Yorkshire autism strategy 2015-2020 (you said, we did)
 

Background

The Government has indicated their determination to improve services to adults with autism. This has been illustrated in three key publications:

The Autism Act (2009)
An act to make provision about meeting the needs of adults with autistic spectrum conditions; and for connected purposes.


Fulfilling and rewarding lives
The strategy for adults with autism in England (2010).


Think autism 2014
Fulfilling and rewarding lives, the strategy for adults with autism in England (an update).


NICE - Autism clinical guidelines 142
Autism: recognition, referral, diagnosis and management of adults on the autism spectrum (2012).

We share the vision of 'Fulfilling and rewarding lives', believing that:

'All adults with autism should be able to live fulfilling and rewarding lives within a society that accepts and understands them. That they are able to get a diagnosis and access support if they need it, and that they can depend on mainstream public services to treat them fairly as individuals, helping them make the most of their talents.'

See the what is autism page for more information about autism and how it affects people.

National Autistic Society report

North Yorkshire County Council and North Yorkshire and York PCT commissioned the National Autistic Society to carry out four initial engagement events and an online survey in November 2012. The aim was to seek the views and opinions of people in North Yorkshire who are affected in some way by autism about their experiences, their needs and their wishes for the development of future services.

View a summary report of the key messages from the events and survey. You can also read the full report