Monday, 2 April 2012

Act together for Autism


Today, The National Autistic Society (NAS) have launched an online campaigns guide to help implement theAutism Act 2009 in England.
The publication of Act Together: a step-by-step guide to getting the most out of the Autism Act coincides with World Autism Awareness Day, and provides campaigners with the information they need to improve services for adults with autism.
The Autism Act 2009 was a landmark piece of legislation. It was the first ever disability-specific law and led to the production of two important documents: the adult autism strategy for England, and statutory guidance for local authorities and the NHS.
Since the publication of the strategy and statutory guidance some authorities – particularly those with a long-standing history of working with people with autism – have taken great strides in improving planning, services and outcomes for people with autism. Others, however, have a long way to go.
Act Together is an eight-step guide will provide you with all you need to know to campaign locally to implement the strategy and statutory guidance, provide helpful hints when you get stuck and highlight the good work that is already taking place. It covers:
  1. The knowledge 
  2. Understand what needs to be done first
  3. Choose your target
  4. What is going on in your area?
  5. Take the campaign to the top
  6. Involve yourself
  7. Keep up the pressure
  8. Start again!

At the moment the guide is an online resource, but we will be producing a number of printed copies. If you would like a printed copy when they are available, please email
Visit the Act Together website at www.autism.org.uk/act-together

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