Hampshire all-age autism strategy 2023

The Hampshire Autism Partnership Board has been working to create an all-age autism strategy focusing on six priority areas

The government published a new national autism strategy in July 2021. The Hampshire Autism Partnership Board has updated the current Hampshire autism strategies for both adults and children to become an all-age strategy.

Hampshire all-age autism strategy 2023

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To achieve this, six task and finish groups were created to develop the necessary content. The groups reflect the six key priority areas in the national strategy:

  1. improving understanding and acceptance of autism within society
  2. improving autistic children and young people’s access to education, and supporting positive transitions into adulthood
  3. supporting more autistic people into employment
  4. tackling health and care inequalities for autistic people
  5. building the right support in the community and supporting people in inpatient care
  6. improving support within the criminal and youth justice systems

The groups were comprised of a diverse range of attendees, including representation from:

  • relevant professional bodies
  • Hampshire Autism Voice
  • local autism charities
  • experts-by-experience
  • parents
  • carers
  • users of our service

Public engagement surveys

During Autumn 2022, a public engagement survey was circulated to people with autism, their families and professionals who work with them, to gain views about the above topics. Additional smaller, more targeted surveys were circulated to selected groups and individuals.

Full findings of the surveys are on on the Hampshire Autism Voice website:

Hampshire Autism Voice website

Responses to these surveys were self-selecting, so the findings are an indication of how people feel within Hampshire, based on the views of those that responded. Some questions produced a low response. Low response numbers are identified within the relevant document.