We believe that people with autism and their families should be able to enjoy full, happy, healthy lives.

In 2015 we worked with autistic people, families, carers and social and healthcare professionals to create a five year plan for autism. This was called The Changing Landscape of Autism in North Yorkshire: North Yorkshire autism strategy 2015-2020. 

Since 2015 we have been working with the community and other professionals to implement the strategy across North Yorkshire.

As we reach the end of the five years, we have been thinking about the things we said we would do, how well we did and where we need to do better. We are also starting to think about the next five years and what our priorities need to be until 2025. 

Autism Matters

From Tuesday 8 October to Friday 6 December 2019 we spoke to people about how we have done on this strategy and what is important to people in order to plan what we do next.

In total we spoke to more than 430 people. This included approximately 130 people on the autism spectrum, 85 family members, friends and carers of autistic people, 115 health and social care professionals and 90 people working for organisations which support autistic people and their families. We received more than 2,000 comments as part of the engagement.

Engagement Report

We have written an engagement report to bring together all of the feedback people gave us. You can  download a copy of the report (pdf / 641 KB). We have also written an  easy read version of the report (pdf / 1 MB).

What’s happening next?

We are continuing to develop an all-age Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for autism. This will look at what the national priorities are for autism, what we know about autistic people, their families and carers in North Yorkshire, the support they are receiving and gather more information on what the gaps are.

Update on The Changing Landscape of Autism in North Yorkshire 2015 – 2020

To help us plan Autism Matters we wrote a report to tell people what we said we would do as part of the 2015 strategy, summarise the work we have done and identify any actions which we still need to look at. You can  download a copy of the full report (pdf / 534 KB).

We also wrote a summary for each theme of the current plan. These are available for download below:

 Support for people with autism and their families (pdf / 474 KB)
 Assessment and diagnosis (pdf / 467 KB)
 Raising awareness and training (pdf / 473 KB)
 Information and signposting (pdf / 465 KB)
 Employment and education (pdf / 465 KB)
 Supporting people with autism through key life changes (pdf / 473 KB)
 Working together (pdf / 462 KB)