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.

We will then use the feedback from this engagement, the completed Needs Assessment and what we know is still outstanding on the current autism strategy to develop a refreshed vision for the future and a new action plan. 

We are aiming to publish the final needs assessment by the end of June 2020. We will then write a revised plan and speak to people about how to achieve the new priorities in their area in summer 2020.

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

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)

Local Forums and Drop-Ins

During Autism Matters, 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.