NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group is working with Hull City Council and other partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors to develop a local strategy.
The strategy will address ways in which local services can help adults with autism, and build on work already done for children and young people, in order to improve the lives of all people with autism.
A strategy group has been created, chaired by Councillor Helena Spencer,Portfolio Holder Prevention and Safeguarding Children and Young People and Adults.
Between now and May, members of the group will be consulting people with autism and their families, working with schools and other organisations that already support those with autism to look at what needs to be done in the city.
The strategy will look at ways to raise awareness of autism, increase the availability and consistency of diagnosis, make services more accessible for adults with autism and directly address the challenges faced by adults with autism in getting into work and keeping a job.
A draft strategy will be made available for formal consultation over the summer, with a view to the strategy launching in October.
Councillor Helena Spencer, Chair of the Autism Strategy Group, said:
“The launch of the autism strategy is only the beginning. The strategy can only be said to be working when the Council, local NHS bodies and other organisations make the changes that have been agreed and people with autism and their families begin to see improvements in their daily lives.”