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Government publishes guidance on improving services for people with autism

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A new blueprint for services for people with autism has been launched by the government to coincide with World Autism Day.

The care services minister, Phil Hope, is calling on the NHS to improve services for people with autism using the best practice guidance.

The publication ‘Services for adults with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC): good practice advice for primary care trust and local authority commissioners’ provides guidance on:

  • How to plan services that give young people with autism the right support as they move from using child to adult services,
  • Developing better understanding of the needs of people with autism and designing services to fit their individual requirements,
  • Making sure the right services are available to everyone who needs them.

Minister for care services, Phil Hope, said: ‘’Many people with autism are undiagnosed, misunderstood and looking for help. Today on World Autism Day I want to make clear I am fully on their side.’

‘I want the NHS to start driving improvements in services for people with autism, starting with taking this guidance to heart.’

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