All Age Autism strategy
Our colleagues Christina Earl and Martin Woodward who co-chair the Employment Workstream of the All-Age Autism strategy were invited to join the lead commissioner, Tom Moore, at a conference last week hosted by Family Voice Surrey to discuss what this new strategy means for autistic people in Surrey.
Family Voice is a group of Surrey parents who come together to champion the needs and rights of parent carers and young people and children with additional needs.
The Surrey All Age Autism Strategy has now been approved and very much reflects the new national strategy which outlines how central government are going to be supporting autistic people over the next 5 years.
The strategy for the first time combines adults and children with works streams range across all areas of life including early years, health, education, social care, justice, housing, and employment.
Members of family voice were supportive of the new strategy but are keen to see how this will work in practice as it will be essential for different services to work together and use existing funding in a smarter way.
The employment work stream focusses on three primary areas, ensuring education prepares young people for work, increasing work opportunities for autistic people and ensuring public sector employers lead by example.
All work streams include autistic people and parent carers in their meetings to ensure true co-production.
For further information you can find a detailed and Easy Read version on the Surrey County Council website of the strategy.
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