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Improving support and care for autistic adults and children in England

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.



Keynote Speakers

David Nuttall

Deputy Director, Neurodiversity, Disability and Learning Disability Team, Mental Health and Disabilities Directorate, Department of Health and Social Care

Dr James Cusack

Chief Executive, Autistica

Professor Andre Strydom

Professor in Intellectual Disabilities, King’s College London

Keynote Speakers

Mollie Draper

Advocate, Shared Lives Plus

Andrew Carpenter

Autism Programme Development Lead, Learning Disability and Autism Programme, NHS England and NHS Improvement - London Region

Phoebe Rowell

Head of Communications, Shared Lives Plus

Dr James Cusack

Chief Executive, Autistica

Professor Andre Strydom

Professor in Intellectual Disabilities, King’s College London

David Nuttall

Deputy Director, Neurodiversity, Disability and Learning Disability Team, Mental Health and Disabilities Directorate, Department of Health and Social Care

Speakers

Tom Duncan

Advocate

Dr Beatriz Lopez

Reader in Psychology and Founder, Autism Centre for Research on Employment, University of Portsmouth

Councillor Liz Fairhurst

Councillor, Hampshire County Council

Dr Inyang Takon

Consultant Paediatrician, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Tim Nicholls

Head of Policy, Public Affairs and Research Partnerships, National Autistic Society

Alison Worsley

Director of External Affairs, Ambitious about Autism

Dr Ken Courtenay

Consultant Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disability, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust; and Chair, Faculty of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability, Royal College of Psychiatrists UK

Brian Cranna

Inspection Manager, Care Quality Commission

Paula Harriott

Head of Prisoner Engagement, Prison Reform Trust