Autism strategy consultation

Have your say on our draft autism strategy.


Autism is a lifelong neuro-development condition that affects how people perceive the world, communicate, and interact. Being autistic means your brain works differently to how other people’s brains work.

Whether people find out they are autistic as a child, young person, or adult, being autistic is often an important part of a person’s identity for the whole of their lives.

We understand that autistic people have different ways of describing themselves and that they may identify with a wider group of people who are “neurodivergent” or “neuro diverse”. We recognise that the Equality Act (2010) considers autism as a disability, but we also know that not all autistic people see themselves as disabled.

Autism is often called a spectrum condition because it can impact on people in many ways. They may need to access different levels of support across their lives in areas such as education, employment, housing, health, and care or within their communities. Many different organisations across North Yorkshire have a part to play, working together with autistic people of all ages and their families.

Over the last six months, the draft All-Age Autism Strategy has been developed by people with autism, their carers and families, alongside representatives from the community and voluntary sectors, North Yorkshire Council, heath services, police, probation, education and employment partners.

Our partners and services include:

Health services

  • integrated care boards
  • primary care (GPs and pharmacies)
  • autism diagnosis services
  • general hospitals
  • mental health community services and hospitals

Council services

  • children and young people's services
  • health and adult services
  • housing
  • stronger communities
  • libraries, culture and leisure services
  • economic development

Key partners

  • local employers
  • job centre
  • adult and youth justice
  • providers of care, support and activities for autistic people and their families
  • schools, colleges and other education and childcare providers
  • wider community and voluntary sector
  • businesses and service operators in communities

Our strategy is led by the North Yorkshire Autism Group who are incredibly grateful to the wider Autism network of autistic people, carers, staff and partners who have contributed their experiences, views, and ideas through events, workshops, surveys and conversations.

The strategy has eight key priority areas, linked with the national strategy and local priorities. The key priorities are:

  • education and preparing for adulthood
  • employment
  • housing
  • carers
  • assessment, diagnosis and support
  • health and care
  • adult and youth justice
  • inclusive communities

We would like to hear from as many people as possible on key areas including:

Strategy content

To gather feedback on the content of the strategy including whether the content of each key priority areas reflects and responds to the key issues in North Yorkshire and whether any areas are missing.

Prioritising actions

To encourage people to give their views on the most important action within each priority area and the order of priority for actions to be delivered in year one, two and three of the strategy. 

Measuring success

To invite people to give their views on what success looks like for them and how they would like us to measure success against the strategy. 


To gather feedback on the layout, design, and accessibility of the draft strategy and to encourage people to be involved in a design group to coproduce the strategy design, for example front cover, back cover, artwork, and poetry. 

Working together

To understand people’s views about what good co-production looks like and to explore and encourage ongoing involvement of individuals with clear, accessible, and regular opportunities to work together. To understand how long people have been involved with the autism strategy (throughout the engagement or just for formal consultation) and how people became aware of the consultation, to inform future work.  

We need your help to make sure the draft autism strategy reflects the ambitions and priorities of communities across North Yorkshire.

 Download the autism strategy (pdf / 1 MB)

 Download the Easy Read autism strategy (pdf / 2 MB)

Take part in the consultation

You can respond to this consultation by completing our online survey, paper survey or responding in writing by email to or via post to North Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD.

Surveys are available for children, young people and adults and are also available in other formats such as Easy Read or large print.

Complete the online survey

 Download the paper survey (pdf / 463 KB)

Easy Read Survey

The autism strategy consultation survey is also available in an online and a paper-based version.

Complete the online Easy Read survey

 Download the paper Easy Read survey (pdf / 2 MB)

Return the paper survey by post to North Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8AD, or drop off at an autism survey collection point in our library hubs

Children's surveys

Take part in our autism strategy survey for primary school children

Take part in our autism strategy survey for teenagers

If you need an alternative format, please contact us to request a paper strategy and survey, or if you need the information in a different format or language.

The consultation will close on 15 March 2024.

Consultation events

Come to our consultation events to find out more about the draft autism strategy and to tell us about what’s important to you. To book a place please email or call 01609 534299.

Date Time Location
4 December 2023 1pm to 3pm Skipton Town Hall - Cancelled 
18 December 2023 10am to 12 midday Civic Centre, Harrogate
9 January 2024 2pm to 4pm Mercury House, Richmond
13 January 2024 10am to 12 midday Online
1 February 2024 3pm to 5pm Mencap, Northallerton
9 February 2024 10am to 12 midday Brayton Community Centre, Selby
12 February 2024 7pm to 9pm Online
28 February 2024 10am to 12 midday Friends Meeting House, Malton
4 March 2024 10.30am to 12.30pm Skipton Town Hall
7 March 2024 2pm to 4pm Friends Meeting House, Scarborough
15 March 2024 2pm to 4pm Online

Further information

 Autism Strategy Equality Impact Assessment (pdf / 367 KB)

Participation and engagement privacy statement

 Easy-read participation and engagement privacy statement (pdf / 361 KB)

 Easy Read Autism Strategy Equality Impact Assessment (pdf / 1 MB)