National ASD Development Team

The ASD Development Team is funded by the Welsh Government and hosted by the Welsh Local Government Association, working in partnership with Public Health Wales. The team works closely with the Welsh Government, local ASD leads within local authorities and health boards, key stakeholders and advisory groups.

The ASD Development Team works closely with, and co-ordinates regular meetings of the ASD leads forum.

As well as the resources available across the ASDinfoWales website, below you will find further information of work the team have undertaken and developed.

National Autism Training Framework for Wales

In response to numerous queries around the content of training for professionals working with individuals with autism, we have developed a training framework to help commissioners plan and implement training.  Based on the NHS Education for Scotland Autism Training Framework. Optimising Outcomes, (November, 2014) we hope that this will help to support consistency of training across Wales.

Please see click on the document below to download and view this framework.

ASD Consultation Summary Report

As directed by the Welsh Government ASD Interim Delivery Plan, during 2015 we engaged in a range of consultation activities with individuals with ASD, parents and carers.  This has provided us with really useful information about the current need and gaps in provision across Wales. The information we have gained will be used to inform the refreshed ASD Strategic Action plan for Wales.

This work has also informed part of our wider ASD Development Programme whereby we are continually developing resources, training and approaches to support individuals with ASD and their families, carers and professionals.

We have already begun developments which address some of the issues raised during the consultation activity such as a training programme for primary schools (Learning with Autism), training for those who support individuals to find employment (Working with Autism), training for Mental Health practitioners, a toolkit to support clinicians undertaking diagnostic assessment and a number of resources for parents and carers. These will all be launched during March of this year.

We would like to express our thanks to all those who took part, and have been kind enough to share their views and experiences with us.  Please see below the full report.