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More help for people with autism
A NEW approach to help adults with autism, their carers and families in Hampshire has been agreed.
The approach aims to give people with the condition the same opportunities to live a fulfilling and rewarding life as everyone else.
The Strategy for Adults has been developed by the Hampshire Autism Partnership Board (HAPB), a partnership between Hampshire County Council, NHS Hampshire, the voluntary sector, people with autism, parents, carers, and professionals who work with people who have autism. The strategy is the first part of a Hampshire lifespan autism strategy, with the second part for children planned for 2013.
More than half a million people in the UK are estimated to have autism, with around 10,000 adults with autism living in Hampshire.
The strategy aims to make improvements to accessing health services, suitable accommodation, work, education and training, better inclusion in community life and developing a clearer route to and from an autism diagnosis.
Luke Syddall from Hampshire Autism Voice, said: “Our strategy clearly shows Hampshire’s commitment and desire to improve the lives of adults on the autism spectrum and their families.”