Lesley Griffiths Wrexham AM Improved autism support strategy introduced by Welsh Government

News from the office of Lesley Griffiths, Assembly Member for Wrexham

Monday 5th December 2016

For Immediate Publication

Proposals have been put forward aimed at providing greater support for children and adults with autism in Wales.

A new waiting time target, an improved diagnostic pathway and better integrated services are some of the key points in the Welsh Government’s refreshed Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Plan.

Wrexham Assembly Member Lesley Griffiths has welcomed the proposals which will be delivered through a new all-age national integrated autism service.   The provision is being rolled out across Wales and backed by £6m of Welsh Government investment.

The overriding aim is to ensure adults and children with autism, along with their families and carers, have their needs understood in order to secure the support they require to lead fulfilling lives.

Wales is the only part of the UK to establish an all-age, integrated autism service and was the first country in the world to introduce an autism strategy in 2008.

Lesley Griffiths AM said:

“This year alone, the Welsh Government has launched a range of initiatives and policies aimed at supporting and improving services available to people living with autism.”

“Important changes have been introduced such as a new 26-week waiting time target for children to be referred.  This will help speed up diagnosis so needs can be understood and appropriate services put in place sooner.”

“Having spoken to families living with autism in Wrexham, I believe the additional £6m investment will improve service provision and make a positive difference to their day-to-day lives.”