We are talking to people about what is important for the new North Yorkshire autism strategy. Find out how to get involved and have your say: North Yorkshire Autism Strategy 2024-2027.

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.

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)


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