Research Autism is delighted that the Government has listened to our recommendation to undertake a study of the prevalence and needs of adults with autism in the UK to inform a National Strategy for Autism. This is an important first step towards understanding the scale of autism in the UK and will help to decide what next steps need to be taken as part of the Strategy to ensure people with the condition are supported and signposted toward approaches that will enhance their quality of life.
It is essential that the Government recognises the significant investment that is required to ensure that this complex issue, which affects all sections of society, is thoroughly audited and understood with a view to making a significant contribution to those affected by autism. We are looking forward to working with the Department of Health to ensure the Strategy achieves this outcome, as enhancing the lives of people with autism is an absolute priority for Research Autism.
Geoffrey Maddrell, Chairman, Research Autism
Bernard Fleming, Information Manager, Tel. 020 3490 3091, email email@example.com
Research Autism is the only UK charity dedicated to the production of quality, trusted information on autism treatments and other approaches. Its Information Centre is informed by world experts and accredited by the NHS Information Standard, an independent kite-mark of reliability and quality. It guides people through the minefield of interventions on offer, allowing them to make informed decisions based on impartial, factual information, including risks and hazards. Its research programme is derived from the priorities of autistic people and families and addresses areas that affect everyday life.