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Legislation and Policies on Autism

This section contains information about some of the legisation and policy on autism and related issues published by governments within the United Kingdom.

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England

  • Adult autism strategy: statutory guidance.  (2015). London: HMSO. Read Full Item | EasyRead (PDF document). This guidance tells public services what actions should be taken to meet the needs of people on the autism spectrum living in their area.
  • Autism Act 2009.  London: HMSO. Read Full Item (website page). Act which put a duty on the Government to produce a strategy for adults on the autism spectrum in England and to produce statutory guidance for local councils and local health bodies on implementing that strategy.
  • Care Act 2014. London: HMSO. Read Full Item (websitepage) | EasyRead. Act which builds on recent reviews and reforms, replacing numerous previous laws, to provide a coherent approach to adult social care in England.
  • Children and Families Act (2014). London: HMSO. Read Full Item (website page) | Young Person's Guide (PDF document). Act which amends existing legislation and services for chilren and young people, including those with special educational needs, in England.
  • Equality Act 2010. London: HMSO. Read Full Item (website page). Act which legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society.
  • Fulfilling and rewarding lives: the strategy for adults with autism in England. (2010). London: Department of Health. Read Full Item|EasyRead  (PDF documents). Strategy which sets out how public services for adults on the autism spectrum in England should be delivered.
  • SEND: guide for parents and carers (2014). London: Department of Education. Read Full Item (PDF document). Explains how the system that supports children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) works.
  • Think autism: Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives, the strategy for adults with autism in England: an update. (2014). London: Department of Health. Read Full Item | EasyRead (PDF documents). Updates the strategy on public services for adults on the autism spectrum in England.

Northern Ireland


Scotland

  • Equality Act 2010. London: HMSO. Read Full Item (website page). Act which legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society.
  • Scottish strategy for autism. (2011). Edinburgh: Scottish Government. Read Full Item | EasyRead (PDF documents). Strategy which sets out how public services for adults on the autism spectrum in Scotland should be delivered.

Wales


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Updated
25 Oct 2017