SAAS the  largest Adult charity in the United Kingdom who specifically cater for Adults with autism and we welcome this new Autism Strategy

SAAS welcomed a raft of new measures in the landmark adult autism strategy published today aimed at tackling the isolation, ignorance and inequality routinely experienced by the over 300,000 adults with autism in England.Announced by Care Services Minister, Phil Hope, the three year strategy Fulfilling and rewarding lives is expected to drive a dramatic improvement in the quality of health, social care and other public services for people with autism. This follows research from the National Autistic Society (NAS) revealing at least 1 in 3 adults with autism are experiencing serious mental health difficulties due to a lack of support.

Kevin Healey, Chairman  of SAAS said:The delivery plan for the strategy, which will be published by the 31st March 2010 will set out the priorities for the first year and provide support for the NHS and local authorities to deliver the strategy at a local level.

Anya Ustaszewski, vice chair of the strategy’s external reference group and an adult with autism said:

“A lack of support can leave people with autism isolated and vulnerable.  An exciting milestone has been reached with the publication of the strategy, however, it is important that the delivery plan contains clear measures for local authorities and support from the Department of Health to deliver them. We want to be able to feel happy, safe and accepted and have equal and fair access to choice and opportunities in our lives. We should all be able to fulfil our true potential as autistic individuals.”

“Finally, it is important that this strategy is seen as the start of an ongoing process to improve the lives and rights of people with autism – it cannot be seen as a ‘one-off’ solution.”

In accordance with the Autism Act the strategy will be accompanied by statutory guidance to be published by December 2010. This means local authorities and NHS services who fail to provide appropriate support for adults with autism will be breaking the law.

SAAS welcomes measures in the strategy including:

  • A programme to develop training with health and social care professional bodies – backed by £500,000 investment to ensure better recognition and awareness of autism in frontline public services
  • Autism awareness training for all Jobcentre Plus Disability Employment Advisers (DEAs) – NAS research shows over a third of adults with autism think their DEA has a poor knowledge of autism and just 15% of adults with autism are in full time paid employment
  • The development of clear, consistent  pathways for diagnosis through the development of guidance by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the appointment of local lead professionals to develop diagnostic services
  •  A commitment to develop guidance on making public services accessible for adults with autism, like improving buildings, public transport and communications 

Kevin Healey Author of “Twin brothers worlds apart” said, there has been various Autism films, but none showing the real true Autism in its real term, when i was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 27 before then i felt very isolated and suicidal, having a late diagnoses was really difficult for me i struggled through my teenage years and adulthood not knowing what was wrong with me, i want my autobiography turned into a feature film to show people what autism is really like, and that autism in its true form has never been showed on USA films of UK films my identical twin is severely Autistic, he has no communication whatsoever, no film has ever portrayed autism how it actually is and with my film i want it two show how one person who is affected by Asperger syndrome and my twin who as server Autism, all the films that have been featured with Autism are people who are High Functioning Autism, and Who have savant abilities like Dustin hofman in the “RainMan” i am looking for film directors and producers, script writers who can take this project on, so that the film is turned into a feature film.

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