The autism strategy sets out how the Government plans to support autistic adults and children in England over the next five years. The strategy promises to:
invest £10.5 million into finding new ways to reduce autism diagnosis waiting times for children and young people
invest £2.5 million to improve the quality of adult diagnostic and post-diagnostic pathways and diagnosis waiting times
increase public understanding of autism with a long-term, nationwide initiative
provide £18.5 million to prevent autistic people from falling into mental health crisis and £21 million to local authorities to help those discharged from inpatient units back into the community.
improve understanding of autism by training education professionals, job centre staff and frontline staff in the justice system.
All the commitments total almost £75 million and represent the biggest investment in England’s autistic people ever. However, they only account for the first year of the strategy – we are expecting more for 2022-26.