National AUTISM Team
The National Autism Team which is funded by Welsh Government and hosted by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), working in close partnership with Public Health Wales (PHW). The team works closely with the Welsh Government, local ASD leads within local authorities and health boards, key stakeholders and advisory groups.
The 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.
Parent/Carer Guide Update
The National Autism Team is currently looking to update the “Autism: A Guide for Parents and Carers Following Diagnosis” resource (www.ASDinfoWales.co.uk/resource/Autism-English-download.pdf). We would be grateful if you could share this with your relevant contacts/networks.
We really want the views of parents/carers, young autistic people and professionals, to make sure it meets the need of autistic children and their families across Wales.
Please take a few moments to complete the following survey by 15th November 2019. Let us know your thoughts on the current guide and what you would like to see included in the updated version. Your comments will be taken on board in the process of updating it.
As well as the survey we will hold a series of ‘focus groups’ across Wales that will be for parents/ carers of an autistic child and young people. These events will provide an opportunity to be part of the process of updating these resources and we would value your views on existing resources and what information you feel would benefit you and others.
If you wish to attend the focus group, please complete the booking form below and email back to ASDinfo@wlga.gov.uk
Our Annual Report 2018/19 and Work Plan 2019/20
The National Autism Team is pleased to publish two key documents underpinning the work of the team.
The first is an Annual Report for 2018/19 which reflects the work undertaken by the team and by key stakeholders in support of individuals with autism, parents and carers and professionals over the past year. The second is a draft work plan for 2019/20. The Annual Report provides a comprehensive account of the work of the National Autism Team, together with that of the 7 Integrated Autism Services and the Local Authority ASD Co-ordinators across Wales. Chapters have been presented in the report of key workstreams and the case studies breathe life into the work of the team and more significantly, of the ASD leads across Wales and the Integrated Autism Services. Looking forward, the Work Plan is an ambitious plan which builds on the foundations of the work in 2018/19. Five core work streams are identified and some of them will not be completed in one year. Some activities are a consolidation of last year’s work and some activities have begun this year. We are confident though that they reflect what our partners and stakeholders have told us needs to get done.
We are particularly grateful to those colleagues and stakeholders across Wales who have been working with us to deliver the outcomes captured in the Annual Report and we look forward to working with them in the coming months to continue to increase awareness and understanding of autism and support individuals and their families and carers.
Please click on the documents below to download and view these.
If you wish to review the Annual Report by individual chapters please click on the weblink below: www.ASDinfoWales.co.uk/annual-report-2018-19
Memorandum of Understanding - WLGA & PHW
The WLGA and PHW have reaffirmed their commitment to collaborative working and joint management of the National Autism Team through a Memorandum of Understanding.
Please click on the document below to download and view.
The Autism engagement and participation strategy 2019 – 2022
Throughout the lifetime of the team there has been informal and ad-hoc arrangements in place to gain the views of autistic people and parents and carers. Their views helped inform the development and roll out of resources and training.However, it is apparent that going forward that this arrangement must be more formalised and the Team actively engage with a much wider range of people from the autistic community on a regular and ongoing basis.The participation and engagement process will underpin the work of the team. This strategy is aimed at autistic people, their families and carers, professionals, organisations and the wider community.
What do you have to do if you want to be involved?
Contact the National Autism Team at ASDinfo@WLGA.GOV.UK and they can tell you how to get involved.
Promoting Autistic Wellbeing - National Autism Wales Conference 2019
The aim of the first National Autism Wales Conference “Promoting Autistic Wellbeing” held on 3 April in Swansea was to increase the wellbeing of autistic adults who are not necessarily in regular contact with public or third sector services but for whom an event about wellbeing and increasing their capacity to cope with day to day life would be a positive thing.
Our Annual Report 2017/18 and Work Plan 2018/19
The National ASD Development Team is pleased to publish two key documents underpinning the work of the team.
The first is an Annual Report for 2017/18 which reflects the work undertaken by the team and by key stakeholders in support of individuals with autism, parents and carers and professionals over the past year. The second is a work plan for 2018/19. Looking back, the Annual Report covers a considerable amount of work and the case studies breathe life into the work of the team and more significantly, of the ASD leads across Wales and the Integrated Autism Services as they develop. Looking forward, the Work Plan is an ambitious plan which builds on the foundations of the work in 2017/18. Five core work streams are identified and some of them will not be completed in one year, some things will just get started. We are confident though that they reflect what our partners have told us needs to get done.
We are particularly grateful to those colleagues and stakeholders across Wales who have been working with us to deliver the outcomes captured in the Annual Report and we look forward to working with them in the coming months to continue to increase awareness of autism and support individuals and their families and carers.
Please see click on the documents below to download and view these.
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.