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. 

Update on The Changing Landscape of Autism in North Yorkshire

We have written a report to remind people what we said we would do, summarise what we have done and outline any actions which we still need to look at.

Here is the  Changing Landscape of Autism in North Yorkshire (pdf / 534 KB) report.

We have written 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)

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 436 people during the engagement including approximately 130 people on the autism spectrum, 70 family members, friends and carers, 115 health and social care professionals and 91 people working for organisations including in the voluntary sector which support autistic people and their families.

What’s happening next?

We received nearly 2,000 comments as part of the engagement, in addition to feedback on how we did on the current strategy and what people’s priorities are for the future. We are in the process of analysing all of the feedback people shared and will be writing an engagement report to summarise what people told us. This will be available by the end of January 2020. If you would like to be notified when the report is available you can join our mailing list by contacting us at autismmatters@northyorks.gov.uk.

Local Forums and Drop-Ins

During the engagement we ran a series of forums for anyone who wanted to come and talk about autism in North Yorkshire. This involved a short presentation and some group discussions about what to do next.

The forums were autism friendly with opportunities for people to drop-in before or after the group discussion if anyone preferred a quieter or more informal chat.

Town Date Venue Drop-In Group Discussions
Easingwold Wednesday 23 October Easi Works 1pm to 1:30pm and 3:00pm to 3:30pm 13:30pm to 3pm
Northallerton Thursday 7 November The Goosecroft Centre 9:15am to 10:15am and 11:30am to 12noon 10:00am to 11:30am
Tadcaster Thursday 7 November The Barn 9:30am to 10:15am and 12noon to 12:30pm 10:30am to 12noon
Ripon Thursday 31 October Ripon Community House 10:00am to 10:45am and 12:45pm to 1:15pm 11:00am to 12:30pm
Malton Tuesday 12 November Friends Meeting House 9:30am to 10:15am and 12noon to 12:30pm 10:30am to 12noon
Selby Tuesday 12 November Community House 9:30am to 10:15am and 12noon to 12:30pm 10:30am to 12noon
Harrogate Thursday 14 November The Cuttings 12noon to 1:30pm 10:15am to 11:45am
Scarborough Thursday 14 November The Scarborough Bowls Centre 9:30am to 10:15am and 12noon to 12:30pm 10:30am to 12noon
Catterick Tuesday 19 November Catterick Leisure Centre 9:30am to 10:15am and 12noon to 12:30pm 10:30am to 12noon
Richmond Wednesday 20 November Richmond Cricket Club 9:30am to 10:15am and 12noon to 12:30pm 10:30am to 12noon
Pickering Friday 22 November Pickering Memorial Hall 9:30am to 10:15am and 12noon to 12:30pm 10:30am to 12noon
Whitby Tuesday 26 November The Coliseum 9:30am to 10:15am and 12noon to 12:30pm 10:30am to 12noon
Skipton Thursday 28 November The Soroptimists 9:30am to 10:15am and 12noon to 12:30pm 10:30am to 12noon
Settle Wednesday 27 November Victoria Hall 9:30am to 10:15am and 12noon to 12:30pm 10:30am to 12noon

Survey

We also created a survey so people with autism, their friends and family and professionals who work with autistic people could tell us how we did and what we need to think about next. Online, paper and easy read versions were available.

Further Information

If you would like any further information on our autism strategy please email us at autismmatters@northyorks.gov.uk.