– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 14th March 2011.

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Photo of Hugh O'Donnell Hugh O'Donnell Liberal Democrat

Question S3W-40036

To ask the Scottish Executive on what criteria members of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Reference Group are selected and who (a) sets the criteria and (b) selects the membership.

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

The original membership of the Public Health Institute Scotland (PHIS) Group which led the first world leading needs assessment of people on the autism spectrum evolved to become the national Autistic Spectrum Disorder Reference Group. Members of the group were selected as they were regarded as leaders in the field from practice and academia.

The membership is currently being reviewed by the group in conjunction with the Scottish Government to ensure that the needs of people with autism are being addressed. Examples of recent additions include representatives from the COSLA and the Association for the Directors of Social Work (ADSW) as it is recognised that local authorities play a vital role in enhancing the quality of life for people with autism.

Scottish Ministers give final approval of new nominations.

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