On 2nd April every year, the global autism community celebrates World Autism Awareness Day. This day highlights the need to help improve the quality of life of children and adults, who are affected by autism, so they can lead full and meaningful lives (United Nation General Assembly 2007).
Autism is a lifelong disability which impacts on how a person communicates with, and relates to other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. Around 700,000 people in the UK have autism and this number is growing.
To help with implementation of the Autism Act (2009) and National Autism Statutory Guidance, there is in place the “Sutton Autism Strategy Framework”.
“We also have an “Autism Strategy Board”, overseeing and checking that our delivery plan is right and working. The members of this board are local champions and stakeholders who share and have a passion in supporting each other to help fulfil our vision in “making Sutton an autism aware and friendly place” to live in,” said a spokesperson.
“Over the past years, we have been working in collaboration with many of our colleagues in partner agencies to make things better for people on the Autistic spectrum. It is a journey where our efforts need to continue. We recognise that the success will be judged by people with Autism having better access to mainstream generic services, where they feel valued, respected and supported in the community.
“Free Autism e-Learning training for all: The Council is committed to ensuring all staff are knowledgeable and equipped to work and support people on the Autism Spectrum. We have commissioned Autism training to staff working in Sutton, including partner agencies such as Health, Police, Education, Employment, Housing and the Voluntary Sector. We would like to invite staff in our partner agencies/services to take part and promote this training wherever they work.
If you any queries please contact workforce development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other useful information links in Sutton:
uk/suttonlo/info/11/support_ services/4/autism_spectrum_ disorder_service
dimensions-uk.org/families/ autism-friendly-environments/ rg.uk/sutton
World Autism Awareness Week information Links:
If you would like to know more about the Sutton Autism Strategy and work-plans, please contact Dominique Sydamah at email@example.com.