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)

A copy of the summaries for each theme will shortly be available to download in easy read.

What’s happening next?

From Tuesday 8 October to Friday 6 December 2019 we are talking to people about how we have done on this strategy and what we need to look at as part of the next one.

We want to hear from people on the autism spectrum, parents, carers, friends and family members, health and social care professionals, voluntary and community sector organisations and anyone else who with an interest in autism and supporting autistic people.

How can I get involved?

Attend a local forum or drop-in session.

We are running a series of forums for anyone who would like to come and talk about autism in North Yorkshire. Each forum will involve a short presentation and some group discussion about what to do next.

All forums will be autism friendly, with opportunities for people to drop-in before or after the group discussions if you’d prefer 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 Wednesday 30 October The Goosecroft Centre 9:15am to 10:15am and 11:30am to 12noon 10:00am to 11:30am
Ripon Thursday 31 October Ripon Community House 10:00am to 10:45am and 12:45pm to 1:15pm 11:00am to 12:30pm
Tadcaster Thursday 7 November The Barn 9:30am to 10:15am and 12noon to 12:30pm 10:30am to 12noon
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 9:30am to 10:15am and 12noon to 1:30pm 10:15am to 11:45am
Scarborough Thursday 14 November The Street 9:30am to 10:15am and 12noon to 12:30pm 10:30am to 12noon
Catterick Wednesday 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 Tuesday 22 November Pickering Memorial Hall 9:30am to 10:15am and 12noon to 12:30pm 10:30am to 12noon
Skipton Tuesday 26 November Swadford Centre 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
Settle Wednesday 27 November Victoria Hall 9:30am to 10:15am and 12noon to 12:30pm 10:30am to 12noon

 

If you would like to register your attendance at one of these sessions please let us know. You can also let us know if there is anything we can do to support you or the person you care for to attend.

Completing a survey

We have created a survey so people with autism, their friends and family, and professionals who work with autistic people can tell us how we did and what we need to think about in the next five years. We want to hear from people all across North Yorkshire to make sure people have a say in what happens next.

Here is the survey that you can complete. This is the  easy read version of the survey (docx / 3 MB).

Email Us

If you would like to request a copy of the survey in another format, or if you have any feedback you would like to send us or if you would like us to visit you at a voluntary group or community organisation, you can contact the team at autismmatters@northyorks.gov.uk. If you would prefer to speak to someone please call 01609 535995 and we will arrange a phone call to speak to you at a convenient time.