Autism: Health Services

Health written question – answered on 23rd November 2010.

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Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes Conservative, Romsey and Southampton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanism he plans to put in place to ensure adequate healthcare support for people with autism when they enter adulthood.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

Effective transition planning that supports young people with autism into adulthood is one of the key aims of the autism strategy, 'Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives', and is also addressed in the draft statutory guidance recently consulted on.

Currently, those who do not have a statement of special educational needs have access to a health action plan that covers medical management of their condition and strategies to enable self-care and independent living.

The Department has also invested £500,000 to develop materials and resources to improve awareness and training on autism for health and social care professionals to enable front-line staff to better provide services for people with autism, including those in transition.

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