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12.09.2019

Autism Society launch new Not Enough campaign for better support and services

Autism Society say the government has not done enough to live up to its promises to autistic people and their families, ten years after the Autism Act was launched.  The charity is calling on the Government to introduce specialist autism support in every council in England and to give councils the money they urgently need to fix the crisis in social care.

An inquiry of around 11,000 autistic adults people and families in England, found

  • 71% (2 in 3) of autistic adults in England aren’t getting the support they need.
  • 26% (1 in 4) of autistic adults need support to live more independently; just 5% (1 in 20) get this.
  • While 20% (1 in 5) of all autistic adults need support with day-to-day tasks, like washing, cooking and going out the house; only 6% (just over 1 in 20) get this.
  • 38% (nearly 2 in 5) of autistic adults need support from social groups; only 16% have this support.
  • 29% (nearly 3 in 10) of autistic adults need buddying or befriending; just 4% (1 in 25) get this.

Jane Harris, Director of External Affairs at the National Autistic Society said:

Years of underfunding to social care and poor understanding of legal duties has limited the impact of the landmark Autism Act.
“Our joint inquiry with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism found that two in three autistic adults don’t get the support they need. We heard awful stories of people struggling to get support and then becoming isolated and developing mental health problems, like anxiety and depression.
“Families are trying to plug the gap, but are being left with too much to do and autistic people are ending up needing urgent intensive help. In some of the worse cases, people even end up being sectioned – simply because there’s nowhere else to go.
“Autistic people are being left behind. This is simply not good enough. We need specialist autism support in every council in England and immediate investment into the social care system.”

The report calls on the Government to do lots of things, including;

  • Introduce specialist autism support in every council in England
  • Immediately invest in social care services and secure long term sustainable funding
  • Honour its commitment to launch a fully-funded campaign to improve public understanding of autism.

You can read the full report at; https://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/media-centre/news/2019-09-09-not-enough-campaign.aspx