In Argyll and Bute, It was agreed that developing an Argyll and Bute wide Autism Strategy would be the best way to establish a more coordinated approach and make best use of resources to support people with autism.
Delivery of the priorities set out in the strategy developed in 2014 will be led and coordinated by the Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (ABHSCP), alongside third and independent sector organisations. For our approach to succeed we hope that all stakeholders (including people with autism, local communities and community organisations) feel a sense of ownership of the strategy and its key priorities.
The strategy is built around consultation with local people with autism and their carers, and in line with the priorities set out in the Scottish Strategy for Autism. Our vision for supporting people with autism in Argyll and Bute would be based on:
“All people with autism are respected and accepted for who they are, are valued for what they contribute to our communities, and are able to live the life they choose.”
We fully recognise the valuable role that people with autism play in our communities in Argyll and Bute. We believe that people with autism should be treated with dignity and respect, and receive the support they require to continue to live full lives in their community. We believe that everyone is unique and entitled to a fulfilling life.
Our autism strategy sets out our overall approach to supporting people with autism across Argyll and Bute. It concentrates on individual assets and the capacity that already exists within our local communities. The approach focuses on the rights of people with autism to ensure they have the necessary level of choice, control and access to good opportunities. The strategy supports strong early intervention as well as enhanced support for children and young people with autism. It emphasises preventative measures to support health improvement and reduce crisis. The strategy is underpinned by a belief that supporting autism is a responsibility that is shared across support agencies and across communities.
Argyll and Bute Council and the HSCP are committed to working alongside external partners, and has developed strong working relationships with other organisations at a local and national level, who are at the forefront of ensuring that we get it right for those individuals and families affected by autism.
Please find below a list of resources and websites which could offer assistance and could signpost you to additional learning, reading and opportunities.
In 2014 Argyll and Bute Council and the newly formed HSCP developed its Autism Strategy and we are committed to the aims and objectives contained within the Strategy.
At a local level Autism Argyll provide support and information to parents, carers and people working with those affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Autism Argyll works in partnership with social services, education and health in order to provide better services for people with ASD and their families.
Scottish Autism is an organisation dedicated to enriching the lives of people with autism. Scottish Autism is working alongside the HSCP and Autism Argyll and has developed strong links in Argyll and Bute as both a provider of services as well as contributing to our strategy and training plan. Scottish Autism’s website has a great deal of information and you can access their Right Click – online Support which is a free valuable and accessible service. In partnership with Autism Argyll and funded by the Big Lottery, Scottish Autism has launched its Get Set 4 Autism project which aims to provide post diagnostic support to parents and carers of children and young people, aged between 5 and 18 years old, who have autism across Argyll and Bute. Further information and links can be found at www.scottishautism.org
Autism Network Scotland (ANS)
Connects and communicates with individuals on the autistic spectrum, their families and carers, and practitioners working in the field of autism.
ANS serve as a hub of reliable and impartial information, signposting people to support, resources and useful information. ANS have recently agreed to assist the HSCP, its partnership agencies and families and carers in developing the strategy and training programme in line with the Outcome Framework 2015-2017 produced by the Scottish Government. ANS will be leading and facilitating a series of workshops and development days in the coming 6 months to ensure that we are meeting our targets and that our services and interventions are tailored and able to meet the needs of those within Argyll and Bute. Further information and links can be found at www.autismnetworkscotland.org.uk
Helensburgh and Lomond Autism/Aspergers Society
The recently formed groups aim is to raise awareness and provide an information point for people interested in knowing more about ASD.
The group are active in the Helensburgh and Lomond area and are active in supporting and organising events and activities.
They hold regular parent and carers support groups which have been found to be a valuable forum for information sharing and support.
Further information and links can be found at www.helensburghandlomondautism.co.uk
If you have any ideas for information that can be posted on this site please contact us and let us know.
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This webpage around Autism is likely to be updated on a regular basis and will hopefully provide individuals affected by ASD , parents and carers with signposting to the different services available to them throughout Argyll and Bute but also to external site and agencies likely to be of benefit and get information and advise . Please be assured that this website will be updated and improved upon and willbe constantly updated and will serve as a positive and effective means of sharing advise , guidance and best practice across Argyll and Bute and within the Council and the ABHSCP .
Should you wish to have anything posted on this site please contact Gordon Murray at Gordon.Murray@argyll-bute.go.uk .