Adults with autism left to fend for themselves


Following concerns that many adults with autism are not being diagnosed or supported properly, the Government has said that it will publish a new strategy for autism next year.

Having investigated the matter, Edward Leigh, Chairman of The Commons’ Public Accounts Committee stated, ‘Adults with autism are being left to fend for themselves with all the consequences this has for their access to further education, benefits or employment and for their mental health’.

Whilst children are often supported through the school system, MPs have criticised the arrangements in place to oversee the transition from child to adult services, which, they say, lead to people being ‘cast adrift’.

Adults with autism need a network of help and individual support across health, social care, housing and education.

Whilst there are statutory frameworks in place for post 16 and 19 education, many young adults are still badly let down by the system. Getting an appropriate placement can mean appealing against a decision to stop a statement at the end of Year 11 or against a refusal to fund a specialist placement for further education. Worse still, beyond education, adults with autism often fall between health and social services teams, and struggle to get the support they really need.

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