Morning, Wednesday, 23rd February 2022
This conference will examine policy priorities for improving support and care for adults and children with autism and their families in England.
It will be an opportunity to discuss the National strategy for autistic children, young people and adults: 2021 to 2026.
Stakeholders and policymakers will consider its implementation and lessons learnt from the previous strategy - as well as latest thinking on wider priorities for:
- tackling inequalities and barriers that people with autism face across health, care, and society
- improving understanding of and tackling stigma associated with autism
- reducing diagnosis waiting times, increasing the availability of post-diagnostic support for children, adults, and their families, and improving inpatient care for those who need it
- strengthening education for those with autism and supporting positive pathways to adulthood
- supporting those with autism into employment and building the right structures and mechanisms in the community to enable them to succeed
- improving support within the criminal and youth justice systems
We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from:
- David Nuttall, Deputy Director, Neurodiversity, Disability and Learning Disability Team, Mental Health and Disabilities Directorate, Department of Health and Social Care
- Andrew Carpenter, Autism Programme Development Lead, Learning Disability and Autism Programme, NHS England and NHS Improvement - London Region
- Professor Andre Strydom, Professor in Intellectual Disabilities, King’s College London
- Dr James Cusack, Chief Executive, Autistica
- Mollie Draper and Phoebe Rowell, Shared Lives Plus
- Brian Cranna, Inspection Manager, Care Quality Commission
- Tim Nicholls, Head of Policy, Public Affairs and Research Partnerships, National Autistic Society
The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the DfE; the DHSC; the DWP; the Government Legal Department; Ofsted; and The Scottish Government.