North Yorkshire County Council has launched Autism Matters, a series of public events to help to inform future plans and priorities.
As part of a commitment to support people with autism and their families to enjoy full, happy, healthy lives, the County Council is seeking views on work started in 2015, under The Changing Landscape of Autism in North Yorkshire, the current five-year plan for people with autism and their families.
During October and November, people will have an opportunity to share their views on the plan, how the County Council and partners have performed and where things can be improved.
The Council is also starting to think about the next five years and where to go from here. Autism Matters will be open to people with autism, their families, friends and carers as well as professionals, including schools staff, service providers, health care workers, social workers and academics.
People can get involved in a number of ways. The Council is running a series of forums across the county for anyone who would like to talk about autism in North Yorkshire. Each forum will involve a short presentation and 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 people would prefer a quieter or more informal chat. People can register to attend one of the forums and request any support they need to attend at www.northyorks.gov.uk/autismmattersregister.
The Council has also created a survey so people with autism, their friends and family, and professionals who work with autistic people can say how the Council did and what it needs to think about in the next five years. This can be accessed at www.northyorks.gov.uk/autismmatterssurvey.
North Yorkshire County Councillor Michael Harrison, Executive Member for Adult Services and Health Integration, said: “Communication, consultation and collaboration in developing our future plans and priorities will contribute to a dynamic and meaningful plan, which will build a shared sense of ownership between people with autism, their families and professionals.
“There are an estimated 7,000 people with autism in North Yorkshire, so it’s important we get this right. We are committed to ensuring that they are empowered, supported and valued within their communities.”