Policy paper

Strategy for adults with autism: progress report

A progress report on the strategy for adults with autism, 'Think Autism', and new actions needed to help local areas implement the strategy.



This report shows what has been achieved since the publication of ‘Think Autism’, which updated the cross-government autism strategy in April 2014.

It also sets 31 new actions to continue to help local areas implement the autism strategy.

The report outlines actions to help people with autism live as full and independent lives as possible, including:

  • reforms to the Special Educational Needs and Disability system
  • support with employment opportunities
  • better awareness of autism within the criminal justice system
  • use of information and data by local authorities and their partners

Public Health England has released details of the latest local areas autism self-assessment exercise on progress in implementing the autism strategy.

The National Autistic Society has issued a guide for local authorities on the 2015 autism statutory guidance.

The Local Government Association has published good practice examples from councils.

Published 14 January 2016