The Minister of State, Department of Health, my hon. Friend Phil Hope, who is responsible for Care Services, wrote to my right hon. Friend the Minister for Higher Education and Intellectual Property in September 2009 asking for support to develop a strategy for adults with autistic spectrum conditions.
Skills are vital for helping people with learning difficulties-including those associated with autism-obtain employment.
In order to support them to gain skills, we will ensure the new adult advancement and careers service (to be rolled out autumn 2010), can meet their needs and advise them on skills opportunities. For people with learning difficulties at Entry Level or Level 1, Foundation Learning will promote progression through personalised learning programmes delivered by schools, colleges and training organisations. Foundation Learning will be available from September 2010, with the majority of schools expected to be involved by 2011-12.