County working on ‘lifespan’ autism support

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HAMPSHIRE is the first county to start developing a strategy so that care and support for children and young people with autism is linked to adult services.

The ‘across the lifespan’ approach comes from the Hampshire Autism Partnership Board’s goal to ensure those with autism, their families and carers receive seamless advice, care and support when taking the step from childhood to adulthood.

Chaired by Hampshire County Council, the board comprises partners across health, social care, education, the voluntary sector, people with autism and parents and carers.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, who is in charge of adult social care and public health at the county council, said: ‘Continuity of care and support is extremely important for young people entering adulthood, and was identified early on as one of the board’s key goals.

‘The process of developing the lifespan is to ensure no one with autism feels isolated or alone.’