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.