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Improving support and care for autistic adults and children in England

TO BE PUBLISHED March 2022


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


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.


The agenda has been structured to being out latest thinking on wider priorities for:


  • policy - assessing the new national autism strategy
  • inequalities and barriers - tackling challenges faced by people with autism across health, care, and society
  • awareness - improving understanding of and tackling stigma associated with autism
  • care - 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
  • growing up - strengthening education for those with autism and supporting positive pathways to adulthood
  • carers, parents, and families - priorities for support
  • adult life - supporting those with autism into employment and building the right structures and mechanisms in the community to enable them to succeed
  • the justice system - improving support including for young people

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 DHSC; the DfE; Ofsted; the DWP; the Government Legal Department; and The Scottish Government.



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles