Help for people affected by autism

A consultation event for parents, carers, family members and individuals affected by autism is set to take place later this month.

East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership is hosting the event in the Glazert Country House Hotel, in Lennoxtown, on Thursday, November 26, at 6pm.

It will include the launch of the ‘East Dunbartonshire Autism Strategy’ and provide an opportunity for people to help implement the strategy across the community, be part of a wider autism network, and shape the landscape for people affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder in East Dunbartonshire.

The strategy has been developed by East Dunbartonshire Multi-Agency Autism Steering Group in consultation with key stakeholders including young people and adults with autism and their carers.

It sets out how the Health and Social Care Partnership plan to take action to achieve a range of objectives that have been agreed as priorities.

These are based on the principles and recommendations of the Scottish Autism Strategy, scoping work carried out by the National Autism Services Mapping project, and a comprehensive Local Needs Assessment commissioned from Figure 8 Consultancy, an independent research organisation.

Councillor Michael O’Donnell, Convenor of East Dunbartonshire Council’s Social Work Committee, said: “Our vision is to support and empower individuals and families affected by autism. We will aim to raise public and professional awareness of autism and strive to help children and adults with autism to make choices and achieve their potential in their home, school and community.

“We are keen to engage with as many people and community groups as possible and I would urge anyone who wants to know more about the strategy to come along to the consultation event.”

For details call Irene Loughlin on 0300 123 4510.