Once again going outside the U.S. for an interesting story about how England is addressing adult services for individuals with autism.
Adults with autism who wish to live independently are set to benefit from the launch of the first national strategy in England to help them live fulfilling and rewarding lives.
Backed up by the Autism Act 2009, the autism strategy, launched on Wednesday by care services minister Phil Hope, aims change public services and help more autistic adults into work. Just 15 percent of people with autism are currently in paid employment, and 49 percent live with their parents.
The scheme is backed by a range of initiatives, including training sessions for all Jobcentre Plus disability employment advisers, clearer guidance on making public services accessible to adults with autism and a £500,000 investment in awareness-raising programmes.
Mr Hope said: “I want the autism strategy to be the foundation for change in the way our whole society treats adults with autism. They have a huge contribution to make - shutting them out deprives everyone."