Autism community to review and rate local progress of the implementation of the National Autism Strategy

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Autism-care industry newsNew interactive mapping tool added to UK’s first online social media network for people with autism.

The Department of Health, Public Health England and Autism West Midlands today launch a new online interactive mapping tool which allows the autism community to review and rate local progress on the implementation of the National Autism Strategy.

➢ Each Local Authority in England has to assess and report on how it is meeting – or failing to meet – the requirements of the National Autism Strategy
➢ These self-assessments are published online today on Autism Connect – the UK’s first online social media network for people with autism, developed by Autism West Midlands with government funding (www.autism-connect.org.uk)
➢ As well as publishing the detailed self-assessments, Autism Connect allows users of the site to comment on the self-assessments; to give their experiences of local provision, and to read comments by others.

Autism West Midlands Chief Executive, Jonathan Shephard, comments:
“This is a 21st-Century way of empowering people with autism. It means they can access and comment on progress and strategy in their area. It brings Local Government face to face with its users, in a mutually beneficial way. The self-assessments are also a rich source of data for researchers.”

Find the new interactive tool here: https://autism-connect.org.uk/users/myarea

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