Kent County Council is launching its strategy for adults with autism on Tuesday, July 11 which sets out its future commitments and priorities.
In 2010, Government set out a requirement for all local authorities to have a strategy as described in the National Autism Strategy.
Across Kent, approximately over 13,000 individuals are living with autism and current estimates suggest over half these will have autism in the absence of a learning disability. This strategy addresses these individuals.
The launch event will be chaired by Anne Tidmarsh, Director for Older People and Physical Disability and will include an introduction by Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Graham Gibbens.
Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Graham Gibbens, said:
“In Kent, we want to continue to ensure that adults with autism are able to live their lives free from the risk of discrimination, hate crime and abuse.
“This strategy outlines our core principles, and our vision for how we can ensure that individuals are able to live fulfilling and rewarding lives.”
Director of Older People and Physical Disability, Anne Tidmarsh, said:
“Since the announcement by Government in 2010, we have taken time in developing services for this group including a specialist social care team, diagnostic service and commissioning peer support groups.
“We are now pleased to welcome a strategy that addresses the needs of adults with autism which assesses the current situation and looks at future priorities and commitments.”
For further information about the strategy and any queries, please email SensoryandAutism@kent.gov.uk to learn more.