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*Taken from The National Autistic Society Webpage…



What is the Autism Act?
The Autism Act 2009 was the first ever disability-specific law in England. The Act did two key things.
The first was to put a duty on the Government to produce a strategy for adults with autism, which was published on 2 March 2010.
The second was a duty on the Government to produce statutory guidance for local councils and local health bodies on implementing the adult autism strategy by the end of 2010. This guidance was published on 17 December 2010.
The Act, strategy and the statutory guidance relates only to adults with autism living in England.

What is the Adult Autism Strategy?
The adult autism strategy is the Government's plan to make sure that adults with autism get the help that they need. This might be things like help to get a job or help at home.

What does the Adult Autism strategy say?
The adult autism strategy explains the different things that the Government will do to make sure adults with autism get the help that they need. The strategy also tells local councils and health services how they can help people with autism.

There are five things in the strategy which the Government has decided are the most important:
- making sure that more people understand about autism
- making it easier for adults to get a diagnosis of autism - a diagnosis is when a doctor tells someone that they have autism
- making it easier for adults with autism to choose how they live and get the help that they need to do this
- helping adults with autism to find jobs
- helping local councils and health services to write plans so that the adults with autism who live in their area get the help that they need.

If you want to find out more details about what the strategy says, visit : www.autism.org.uk/autismstrategy


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